Operating from a shop in front of La Iglesia de San Felipe el Real in Madrid, Juan de Arellano rose from modest beginnings to become the greatest flower still life painter of the Spanish Golden Age. This work and the following lot can be dated on stylistic grounds to the 1660s, during the artist's full maturity but prior to his final, most exuberant creations which belong to the subsequent decade.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is even but somewhat darkened. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye and the bright colours are well preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of retouching, the older one consisting of small strokes in the background, particularly concentrated on the right-hand side and lower left; the more recent campaign consisting of retouching along the lower margin, in the upper corners, to 3 horizontal fine lines in the still life, and to fine lines scattered along the right margin. In overall good condition. Offered in a carved and gold painted frame with tongue and dart decoration. "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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."