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EDWAERT COLLIER (Breda circa 1640 - London 1708)

Still Life with Jug
Oil on panel: 44 x 34 cm/ 17 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches

Signed and dated lower centre: 'E. Kollier Anº1664'

On the corner of a stone table drinking and smoking utensils are combined in an almost emblematic arrangement. A broken brazier is half filled with burning coals. A small metal tobacco box is leaning on a so-called ?Goudse pijp?. A huge glass partly filled with beer and a jug decorated with the coat of arms of Amsterdam lend monumentality to this still life.

Collier preferred depicting worn objects. Within his oeuvre of still life paintings, the brevity of human life is unquestionably the main theme. He is especially known for elaborate still life compositions exclusively consisting of vanitas motifs. A less known but maybe far more appealing part of his production are the small painterly compositions like the present, in which the moral message is implicit. Our painting is one of Collier?s earliest dated works and sits firmly in the tradition of Haarlem monochrome still life painting. Collier produced a few highly comparable pictures of this type. One version is preserved in the John G. Johnson Collection in Philadelphia. Another painting shows the table projecting into the space from the right. Finally, Collier almost literally repeated the composition of our painting in a work signed and dated 1679. Interestingly, a 1665 dated tobacco piece by the Amsterdam still life painter Jan Fris is particularly close to our ?toebackje?. The present painting shows Collier as a master with a great feeling for the picturesque.


Provenance:
Simon Collection, Netherlands
Sale, Amsterdam (Muller), 25 October 1927, no. 16
With M. Wolff Gallery, Amsterdam 1938
Samuel Friedenberg, New York
Sale, New York (Parke-Bernet Galleries), 23 April 1958
Private collection, U. S. A.
With Noortman, Maastricht & London, 1994
Alfred & Isabel Bader, Milwaukee, -2000


Literature:
N. R. A. Vroom, Schilders van het Monochrome Banketje, Amsterdam 1945, p. 204, no. 98 (with incorrect measurements), illustrated p. 172, fig. 156
N. R. A. Vroom, A Modest Message as intimated by the painters of the ?Monochrome Banketje?, 3 vols., Schiedam & Nuremberg 1980-99, vol. 2, no. 190, p. 43, ill.
The Detective?s Eeye: Investigating the Old Masters, exh. cat. (Milwaukee Art Museum) 1989, no. 50, pp. 111,112, ill.
A. van der Willigen & F. G. Meijer, A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish S

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  • Origin : NETHERLANDS
  • Designer : EDWAERT COLLIER

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