Attributed to Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1564-1651 Utrecht)
Attributed to Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1564-1651 Utrecht)

A kitchen still life with a couple standing beside a table with an elaborate display of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit

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Attributed to Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1564-1651 Utrecht)
A kitchen still life with a couple standing beside a table with an elaborate display of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit
oil on canvas
90.1 x 125.2 cm.
Provenance
Mr. H.C. Dietz, Baarn; Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 7 April 1959, lot 1, as 'Pieter Aertsen' (and as on panel); where acquired by the father of the present owner.
Literature
M.G. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and his sons, Doornspijk, 1993, I, p. 507, no. H168-1, (as on panel).
M.G. Roethlisberger, 'Vijf versies van een keukenstuk. Abraham Bloemaert als schilder van een populair genre', Antiek, 6, 1996, pp. 257-67, ill. p. 258, fig. 2.

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Lot Essay

Marcel Roethlisberger mentions five versions of the same design as the present lot, varying in size and support (op.cit., 1996, pp. 257-67; op.cit. 1993, pp. 507-8). According to him there are two prime versions, one in a private collection in New York (on panel, 95 x 133 cm.), and the present lot. The three remaining works are considered to be old copies. This is a revision of his opinion as expressed in 1993 where he attributed the composition to Abraham's son Hendrick or the young Cornelis Bloemaert, based on poor photographs. After having seen three versions in person, Roethlisberger now concludes that Abraham Bloemaert invented the composition early in his career, in the 1590s.
Roethlisberger is reluctant to call one of the two paintings the primary version.
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