The Master of the Acquavella Still Life, an as yet anonymous artist, active in Rome between 1620-30, was named after a still life that was formerly with the Acquavella Gallery, New York (F. Zeri, La natura morta in Italia, Milan, 1989, II, p. 713, fig. 845). A group of stylistically consistent still lifes has since been associated with this elusive master and various names have been suggested as the author of this group, including Luca Forte (S. Bottari), Angelo Caroselli (F. Bologna), Giovanni Battista Crescenzi (Carlo Volpe) and Pietro Paolini (Luigi Salerno).
The present work can be compared to the Still life with a basket of Fruit and two children, sold at Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 132 ($882,500) in which the two boys were executed by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (Zeri, op. cit., p. 714, no. 848), and Still life of fruit, in a private collection, which together with the Sotheby's picture was given to Pietro Paolini by Luigi Salerno (L. Salerno, La natura morta italiana, Rome, 1984, p. 87, no. 22.3).