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ID number:  BIRBI-41.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Heem, Jan Davidsz. de (1606-1683/4)
Title / Object name:  Still life with a nautilus cup
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Leiden
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1632
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  77.5 x 64.7 cm
Provenance:  Henry Temple, second Viscount Palmerston about 1790; Rt. Hon. W. Cowper Temple, Lord Mount Temple, and Lady Louise Mountbatten; purchased from Martin B. Asscher in 1941 for £700.

The objects are arranged to demonstrate the artist’s skill in showing the play of light on different materials. The focus is a precious drinking cup made from a nautilus shell. Around it, in a carefully planned disorder, are silver vessels which set up a series of complex reflexions. These hard forms are contrasted with the different textures of a bunch of grapes, walnuts and a lemon - cut and peeled. De Heem achieved his astonishing illusion with only a few colours.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated u.r.: JDHeem f./ JDHeem f. Ao 1632 [both sets of initials in monogram]

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Still life paintings from the Netherlands 1550-1720', Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19 June 1999 - 19 September 1999, no. 29; 'Jan Davidsz de Heem (1606-1684), His Influences and His Followers', Rafael Valls Ltd., London, UK, 28 November 2005 - 23 December 2005, p. 6.

1 Related People

de Heem, Jan Davidsz.

2 Related Publications

Still-life paintings from the Netherlands 1550-1720

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Bergström, I.

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