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Still Life with Fruit and a Lobster, ca. 1650

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 63.3 x 92.4 cm
  • Inv. 1941-O

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Out of a dark background, there emerges a still life composed of fruit – plums, a tangerine, a lemon, white grapes, a half-peeled orange on a pewter plate, apricots and walnuts – together with a boiled lobster, a brown earthenware jug with a pewter lid, a fluted glass of red wine, a goblet filled with white wine and a glass beaker with beer. One object immediately catches the eye: the pocket watch. Timepieces were typical symbols of transience, and they are often found in vanitas paintings.


Gillis Gillisz. de Bergh RKD
Delft 1600 - Delft 1669
painters (artists)AAT

Title Still Life with Fruit and a Lobster
Date ca. 1650
Period 17th century
Location Delft TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings monogram bottom left on the edge of the table: g. d.b f
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1941-O
Acquisition credit bequest
De Meyer-Casier, Alice
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015638 still lifes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23U25 watch Iconclass
25F716(LOBSTER) crustaceans: lobster Iconclass
25G21(GRAPE) fruits (GRAPE) Iconclass
25G21(LEMON) fruits: lemon Iconclass
25G21(PLUM) fruits: plum Iconclass
25G21(WALNUT) fruits: walnut Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41A774 container of glass: bottle, jar, vase Iconclass
41C26121 (half-)peeled fruit, e.g. lemon Iconclass
41C323 glass, rummer Iconclass
41C341 dish, plate, saucer Iconclass
41C37 table-cloth Iconclass
41C38 laid table as still life Iconclass
41C6 foodstuffs; still life of foodstuffs Iconclass
41C653(APRICOT) fruit (APRICOT) Iconclass
41C653(MANDARIN) fruit (MANDARIN) Iconclass
41C711 wine ~ alcoholic drinks Iconclass
41C7111 glass of wine Iconclass
41C714 beer, ale Iconclass
41E still life of miscellaneous objects Iconclass
41E1 still life of related objects Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 54-55 (ill.))
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