24 April 2009
Clara Peeters (Antwerp ?1589-after 1657)
Apples, cherries, apricots and other fruit in a basket, with pears, plums, robins, a woodpecker, a parrot and a monkey eating nuts, on a table
indistinctly signed 'CLARA _ P...' (lower left)
oil on panel
18¾ x 25¾ in. (47.6 x 65.5 cm.)
Mr and Mrs K. Muller, by 1953.
(Possibly) J. Singer, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1966, lot 125 (1048 gns. to Miss Belleri).
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P.H. Decoteau, Clara Peeters and the Development of Still-Life Painting in Northern Europe, Lingen, 1992, pp. 44-6 and 194, fig. III. 31.
London, Royal Academy, Flemish Art 1300-1700, 1953-4, no. 377.
We are grateful to Professor Pamela Hibbs Decoteau for noting that this painting is a 'beautiful example from the artist's latest period' (private correspondence, January 2009). She dates this and another work of the same subject (location unknown) to the 1630s.
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