The present canvas - probably an overdoor - illustrates the eclecticism of van der Hamen's art and, in particular, its relationship to the work of Frans Snyders (W.B. Jordan, loc. cit.). This composition makes ample use of motifs from van der Hamen's repertoire; for example, the tazza of candied fruit on the far left is seen in van der Hamen's Still life with Candied Fruits, Pastries and a Glass Goblet of 1622 (private collection). The basket of fruit, the hanging apples and oranges and the terracotta vessels balanced on each side of the ledge all similarly recall other paintings by van der Hamen. The mischievous marmosets pilfering the food clearly reflects the impact of Frans Snyders, whose works the Spaniard knew, and who similarly introduced such primates into his still lifes. By the 16th century the ape had become the symbol of folly (see H.W. Janson, Apes and Ape Lore in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, London, 1955, p. 199). As the companion of fools, the creature would amuse and instruct by mirroring human manners. Their craving for fruit in fact associated them with the Fall of Man, and thus the monkey in art became a symbol of the sense of taste, as well as the vices of gluttony and intemperance.