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Luis Meléndez

Still life of apples in a basket and upon a table, together with boxes of sweetmeats and a honey jar

Luis Meléndez

Luis Meléndez

Still life of apples in a basket and upon a table, together with boxes of sweetmeats and a honey jar

Still life of apples in a basket and upon a table, together with boxes of sweetmeats and a honey jar

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Luis Meléndez

Naples 1716 - 1780 Madrid

Still life of apples in a basket and upon a table, together with boxes of sweetmeats and a honey jar


signed with initials lower right: L.M.z

oil on canvas

49 x 36 cm.; 19¼x 14⅛in.

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: The painting is lined and there is good adhesion between the original canvas and the lining fabric; good tension across the canvas is maintained. The paint layer is stable and secure; under raking light it presents as slightly raised. The painting is in a very good preserved condition. Very slight natural shrinkage of the paint layer has led to a filigree pale shrinkage craquelure in the darker passages, such as the shadows of the apples, top right, and through the monogram which is otherwise very well preserved. The paint texture visible through the energetic and assured brushwork, is very well preserved as are the impasted highlights. Under U-V light tight, economic and well colour matched restorations can be detected to mitigate fine dark shrinkage craquelure, some minor pitted loss through the fruit and jar and reduction of the natural over exposure of the warm ground colour. Minor strengthening through the whicker basket has been undertaken. The chromatic and tonal values are well preserved. The painting presents well.


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By family tradition, acquired by a forebear during Wellington's Spanish campaign of 1808-1814;

Thence by family descent to 'the Bishop of Eastbourne' [sic], Sussex, until 1961;

Probably with J. Dik, London, by whom probably sold to;

Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt, by 1963;

With Thomas Gibson Fine Art, London, by 1987 (when advertised in Arts Review, 17 July 1987, and The Daily Telegraph, 29 July 1987);

From whom acquired in 1987.

H. Soehner, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. Alte Pinakothek, München, Gemäldekataloge I, Spanische Meister, Munich 1963, vol. 1, p. 107;

E. Tufts, A Stylistic Study of the Paintings of Luis Meléndez, doctoral diss., Institute of Fine Arts, New York (1971), Ann Arbor, Michigan 1975, p. 190, no. 77;

E. Tufts, 'Luis Meléndez, Still Life Painter 'Sans Pareil'', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, VI, vol. 100, no. 1366, November 1982, pp. 157-8, no. 51;

E. Tufts, Luis Meléndez. Eighteenth-Century, Master of the Spanish Still Life, Columbia, Missouri 1985, p. 107, no. 88, reproduced p. 187;

M. Weniger, in Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Spanische Malerei aus deutschen Sammlungen, exh. cat., Hamburg 2005, p. 247, reproduced;

P. Cherry, Luis Meléndez, Still-life Painter, Madrid 2006, p. 542, no. 88, reproduced p. 468;

H. Seifert, Alte Pinakothek. Französische und spanische Malerei, Munich 2009, p. 160.