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Pieter de Ring (Leiden c. 1615-1660)
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Pieter de Ring (Leiden c. 1615-1660)

A Venetian jug, façon de Venise glass, lemons, grapes, oysters, shrimp and cobnuts on a silver platter and a knife and ring on a partially draped table

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Pieter de Ring (Leiden c. 1615-1660) A Venetian jug, façon de Venise glass, lemons, grapes, oysters, shrimp and cobnuts on a silver platter and a knife and ring on a partially draped table signed with the artist's device of a ring (lower right) and with remains of signature (lower left) oil on panel 20½ x 15½ in. (52 x 39.3 cm.), with additions of ½ in. (1.2 cm.) to the left and right edges
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Lepke's, Berlin, 7 May 1895, lot 289, as 'Jan Davidsz de Heem'.
with Galerie van Diemen & Co., Berlin, 1923, as 'Jan Davidsz. de Heem', from whom acquired by the family of the present owner ($1,500).

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Born in either Leiden or possibly Ypres, the home town of his parents, Pieter de Ring may have initially trained as a mason. He appears to have moved to Antwerp by the 1630s, possibly to study with the famous still life painter, Jan Davidz. de Heem, as his eighteenth-century biographer Arnold Houbraken reports (see A. van der Willigen and F. Meijer, A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish Still-life Painters Working in Oils, 1525-1725, Leiden, 2003, pp. 168-169), although he is not documented in the master's workshop. In any event, a palpable influence of this Dutch master is apparent in Pieter's still lifes of the late 1640's and early 1650's. Pieter de Ring cofounded the Leiden guild in 1648, and was a powerful influence on the artistic climate in that city. In a delightful play on words, Pieter often signed his paintings with a simple ring with a stone, as in the present composition.

We are grateful to Fred Meijer, of the RKD in The Hague, for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs (private communication, 13 April 2012).

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