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Willem Claesz. Heda

A vanitas still life with a broken roemer, an upturned tazza and a peeled lemon, all on a ledge | 《虛空派靜物畫:石架上的破酒杯、倒轉的扁花瓶與去皮檸檬》

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Estimate:

200,000

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- 300,000 GBP

Property from the Schuybroek Collection

Willem Claesz. Heda

Willem Claesz. Heda

A vanitas still life with a broken roemer, an upturned tazza and a peeled lemon, all on a ledge | 《虛空派靜物畫:石架上的破酒杯、倒轉的扁花瓶與去皮檸檬》

A vanitas still life with a broken roemer, an upturned tazza and a peeled lemon, all on a ledge | 《虛空派靜物畫:石架上的破酒杯、倒轉的扁花瓶與去皮檸檬》

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 GBP

Property from the Schuybroek Collection

Willem Claesz. Heda

Haarlem circa 1596 - 1680

A vanitas still life with a broken roemer, an upturned tazza and a peeled lemon, all on a ledge



signed and dated lower right: HEDA · 1648

oil on oak panel

48.9 x 63.7 cm.; 19¼ x 25⅛ in.


舒布魯克典藏

威廉・克拉斯・海達

哈倫,約1596 - 1680年

《虛空派靜物畫:石架上的破酒杯、倒轉的扁花瓶與去皮檸檬》


款識:藝術家簽名並紀年HEDA · 1648(右下)

油彩橡木畫板

48.9 x 63.7 公分;19¼ x 25⅛ 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Willem claesz. Heda

A vanitas Still Life

Oil on panel, in a faux wood effect frame in good condition


The oak support has been cradled to the reverse. Some of the cradle struts are not free running and there is slight tension across the panel.


The panel is flat and has no deformations. 


There is a horizontal fracture running through the panel, 20cm up from the bottom edge, and another, 30 cm long, running from the left hand edge 12 cm down from the top edge. Very minor associated paint loss along the fractures can be detected.


The paint layer is stable and secure.


Significant strengthening to the background has been undertaken to mitigate fine pin prick losses and reduce dominant horizontal wood grain effect.


Thinly applied paint to the background, to the ledge and through the pewter plates has become thinner over time allowing exposure of the pale ground.


Restoration to strengthen this thinness has been applied. Some of this restoration is excessive and insensitive. 


Impasted details to the lemon rind, knife handle, broken and unbroken rummers and the tazza are well preserved and the paint here is in very good original condition.


The signature and date are in a good preserved state.


Chromatic and tonal values through the still life present well and some of the finer details are extant.


No tonal improvement would be gained by the removal of the varnish.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

With P. de Boer, Amsterdam;

Anonymous sale (‘The Property of a Gentleman’), London, Christie’s, 7 July 1978, lot 216, for £40,000, where presumably acquired by Jean Schuybroek.

While many of Heda's still lifes from the 1640s and beyond become elaborate and even grandiose, in others, such as this one and a similar small-scale composition in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, he retains the informal simplicity of his early works.A work close to the Schuybroek one, with the same arrangement of large roemer, overturned tazza and half-peeled lemons was sold in Boston, Skinner, 7 September 2012, lot 300 (for $590,000). If the dating on the Skinner picture of 1630 is correct, Heda's consistent resort to very similar simple compositions lasted for twenty years or more.


Vroom's 'Modest Message' (see note 1) has more to do with the simplicity of the compositions and their very muted, almost monochrome palette, so that reflected and refracted light, and not colour, define them – as opposed to any modesty inherent in the subject-matter; among other expensive objects, the silver tazzas in the present work, and in the Rijksmuseum and Skinner pictures, were – and still are – lavish works of art.


1 Oil on panel, signed and dated 1642, 58.5 x 67.5 cm.; see N.R.A. Vroom, A Modest Message as intimated by the painters of the ‘Monochrome Banketje’, Schiedam 1980, vol. I, p. 74, reproduced fig. 91, vol. II, p. 75, no. 367.