A pupil of Oudry, Roland de la Porte was trained in the grand manner of the French nature morte developed during the reign of Louis XIV. Along with Chardin, with whom he competed in the same Salons and for the same clients, Roland de la Porte started to develop a new style of still life painting, placing greater emphasis on common household objects and on a more casual arrangement of the elements within the composition. His abilities were recognized by Diderot who, despite being Chardin's great champion, sometimes grudgingly complemented Roland de la Porte on his works. In the strongly competitive climate created by Chardin and his supporters, Roland de la Porte successfully sold paintings, was praised for his work, and won commissions from collectors and connoisseurs alike, including the Marquis de Marigny.
Accompanied by a photocopy of a letter from Michel Far dated April 25, 1985 confirming the attribution to Roland de la Porte and stating that he intended to publish this painting in a forthcoming edition of his volumes on French still life painting.