Oil painting

Still life with silver tankard

ca. 1700 (painted)

Roestraten, Pieter van

Height: 26 in approx., Width: 25.375 in approx.

P.28-1923 PDP

Anonymous oil painting in the manner of Pieter van Roestraten, depicting a still life with silver tankard. English School, ca. 1700.

A still life with a silver tankard, salt-cellar, and plate, two loaves of bread and a bunch of radishes, a venetian wine-glass and a bottle of wine

A still life with a silver tankard, salt-cellar, and plate, two loaves of bread and a bunch of radishes, a venetian wine-glass and a bottle of wine. This work appears to be by an English artist working in the style of 17th century Dutch still life painters and was probably familiar with works by artists such as Edward Collier (ca. 1640-ca. 1710) and Pieter van Roestraten (ca.1630-1700) who were both of Dutch origin but worked in England for English patrons for whom they painted 'portraits' of their valued objects. The principal objects depicted are all English. The tankard for example bears a London hall-mark for 1688. The silver salt-cellar, silver dates to about 1690 and the silver plate to the second half of 17th century. The green glass wine bottle is also English, of about 1700 and the wine-glass appears often in Dutch paintings as a glas a la façon de venise and dates to the second half of 17th century. The Victoria and Albert Museum contains several autograph works painted by van Roestraten in England.

Presented by the Art Fund, 1923. It was lot 61 at the sale at Christie's of different properties on 15th Nov. 1918 and was catalogued as "'A Silver Tankard and Viands [articles of food] on a Table' by E. Collier". A museum label from the date of the painting's acquisition in 1923 reads: "In the style of Edwaert Collyer (fl.1662-96). Given by Mr. Lionel A. Crichton through the National Art-Collections Fund. The principal objects depicted appear to be:- Tankard, silver. London hall-mark for 1688. Salt-cellar, silver. English; about 1690. Plate, silver. English; second half of 17th century. Bottle, green glass. English; about 1700. Wine-glass. Probably Venetian; second half of 17th century". Historical significance: This work appears to be by an English artist working in the style of 17th century Dutch still life painters and was probably familiar with works by artists such as Edward Collier (ca. 1640-ca. 1710) and Pieter van Roestraten (ca.1630-1700) who were both of Dutch origin but worked in England for English patrons for whom they painted 'portraits' of their valued objects. The principal objects depicted are all English. The tankard for example bears a London hall-mark for 1688. The silver salt-cellar, silver dates to about 1690 and the silver plate to the second half of 17th century. The green glass wine bottle is also English, of about 1700 and the wine-glass appears often in Dutch paintings as a glas a la façon de venise and dates to the second half of 17th century.

Presented by The Art Fund

Location: Silver, room 65

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