Jan Davidz de Heem (attributed)
Still Life with Grapes. 1640. Oil on canvas, 12 in x 15 in
Condition: overall very good. Some evidence of cleaning spots of repainting on the table cloth.
Established by expert appraiser to be a 17th century Dutch painting, possibly but not definitely by Jan Pauwel Gillemans the Elder, but to which de Heem’s signature was later affixed (either by mistake or knowingly). De Heem was a still life painter active in Utrecht and Antwerp, a major representative of that genre in both Dutch and Flemish Baroque painting. The subject matter is consistent with his work: the toppled stein in the shadows behind the bright fruit and gleaming table cloth folds can be taken to represent the hidden dangers of a corpulent life. Jan Pauwel Gillemans the Elder (born 1618 in Antwerp) was a Flemish goldsmith and still life painter known for his fruit still lifes, flower pieces, vanitas still lifes, and pronkstillevens (sumptuous still lifes of luxurious objects popular in Flanders and the Dutch Republic in 1640 often with a vanitas theme), of which this would seem to be one.
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