Still life with pewter pitcher, Roemers glasses, currants in a blue and white porcelain cup, crab, loaf of bread and apricots on a tablecloth
Oil on prepared oak panel, three boards not parqueted.
(Wear and restorations).
64,5 x 88,5 cm
Reflecting the economic and commercial power of the United Provinces, the set tables (ontbijtje) form an important part of the
important part of the still life production. Under a delicate diagonal light coming from the left of the composition, our
of the composition, our painting resembles a veritable receptacle of religious messages by presenting
consumed elements, echoing the precariousness of life. Each element is a symbol: the currants and the wine
reflect the Passion of Christ, while the butterfly symbolizes the Resurrection. Known by a second version
held in a private collection, our painting recalls the ingenuity and preciousness of the work of Pieter Claesz. The
iconographic repertory presenting a pitcher with a long spout, the inverted porcelain cup placed on the right of the
composition are precise elements that can be found in other works of the artist, moreover borrowed a few years later by
a few years later by Willem Claeszoon Heda (Haarlem, 1594 - 1680).