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Peter Binoit

Still life of lemons and pomegranates in a basket with a blue tit and a dragonfly, together with grapes, figs and plums in a gilt tazza and a mouse eating chestnuts, all on a ledge

Property from the Grasset Collection

Peter Binoit

Peter Binoit

Still life of lemons and pomegranates in a basket with a blue tit and a dragonfly, together with grapes, figs and plums in a gilt tazza and a mouse eating chestnuts, all on a ledge

Still life of lemons and pomegranates in a basket with a blue tit and a dragonfly, together with grapes, figs and plums in a gilt tazza and a mouse eating chestnuts, all on a ledge

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Property from the Grasset Collection


Peter Binoit

Cologne circa 1590 - 1632 Hanau

Still life of lemons and pomegranates in a basket with a blue tit and a dragonfly, together with grapes, figs and plums in a gilt tazza and a mouse eating chestnuts, all on a ledge


oil on beechwood panel

46.5 x 65.9 cm.; 18¼ x 26 in.


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格拉塞特典藏


彼得・比諾特

約1590年生於科隆,1632年卒於哈瑙

《靜物︰臺上籃子裡的檸檬、石榴、藍山雀和蜻蜓、鎏金高足淺盤上的葡萄、無花果和李子,在吃栗子的老鼠》


油彩山毛櫸木畫板

46.5 x 65.9 公分;18 ¼ x 26 英寸

The following condition report is provided by K&S Conservation Ltd. who are external specialists and not employees of Sotheby's:


The painting is presumed to be painted in oil on a single board, possibly beechwood. The grain direction is horizontal. On the reverse, towards either end of the panel there is a narrow vertical batten attached cross grain. This is presumably to decrease any natural curvature of the panel. There are many tool marks visible on the reverse. The panel retains its original thickness. The paint and ground layers are stable, with no signs of flaking or recent losses. The painting has passages of retouching, particularly so in the lower left foreground; some retouchings in the darker passages sit physically proud of the panel surface. Some correction of old retouchings have been undertaken recently. The varnish is somewhat discoloured, and locally streaky. There are accretions imbedded within the coating. Discoloured retouchings were matched to the patinated surrounding surface using Gamblin Conservation Colours, and the level of patination across the varnish surface was regularised by further glazing with the same material. The surface gloss is even and saturating.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Private collection, Madrid;

From whom acquired for the Grasset Collection in 1975.

F.G. Meijer, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., San Diego 2016, p. 21;

S. Thomas, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., Saint Petersburg, Florida 2019, pp. 32–33 and 95, no. 10, reproduced in colour. 

San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 2 April – 2 August 2016;

Saint Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 23 March – 2 September 2019, no. 10.

This charming still life is enlivened by a blue tit and a dragonfly resting within a large wicker basket filled with lemons and pomegranates set upon a stone ledge against a dark background. Beneath a splendid gilt tazza filled with grapes, plums and figs, a small mouse is depicted eating chestnuts. This well-preserved panel is a perfect example of Binoit’s charming style, bearing the influence of both German and Flemish models. For instance, the mouse found in the present work finds parallels in the works of several Flemish painters, such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, as well as those by German contemporaries such as Georg Flegel.1


Binoit often repeated motifs in different combinations in several of his works. For example, the ornate gilt tazza also recurs in Still life of a lemon, grapes, an apple and other fruits (lot 16), offered in this sale, while the large wicker basket appears in another work, signed and dated 1624, sold in 2019.2 Many of Binoit’s most popular compositions were also repeated by members of his studio and wider circle. A comparable version of our picture by Francesco Codino (also known as Franz Godin) hangs in the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo.3


Although very few works by Binoit are either signed or dated, the similarities in style and handling between this and other detailed works by the artist, suggest a date of execution of about 1617.4


For further discussion of the artist and his career, see the Still life of a lemon, grapes, an apple and other fruits (lot 18), offered in the December Evening Sale.


1 https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/Dj4mBWPx5A

2 https://www.artcurial.com/en/lot-peter-binoit-cologne-vers-1590-hanau-1632-panier-de-raisins-melon-et-petits-oiseaux-sur-un-3857

3 https://www.lacarrara.it/en/catalogo/06ac00931/

4 Meijer 2016, p. 21.