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Lot 12: WILLEM CLAESZ. HEDA | A still life of a roemer, an overturned roemer, a façon-de-Venise wineglass, a silver beaker and a silver and pewter plate, with a sheathed knife, lemons, olives, hazelnuts, walnuts and a paper twist of tobacco, all on a table partly draped with a green cloth


July 8, 2015
London, United Kingdom

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oil on oak panel


59 by 80 cm.; 23 1/4  by 31 1/2  in.


oil on oak panel

Condition Report

The following condition report is provided by Sarah Walden who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: Willem Claesz.Heda. Still Life. Signed and dated1633. This painting is on an oak panel, which has been cradled. There is a single central joint, which has been reglued and retouched, with one or two brief old cracks running in from the right edge. The lower section of the panel seems to have remained calm and stable, and all appears perfectly secure and sound. The fine detail of the still life is clearly beautifully preserved. This picture was conserved by Lara van Wassenaer. According to her report made at the time she removed surface dirt using demiwater' and tramonium citrate but did not clean the picture. She stabilised old flaking and retouched varnish over the laid flakes using a brush and ethanol varnish, and toned down old retouchings. She did not clean the earlier dammar varnish, but refreshed it with a spray varnish. The richly translucent brown of the upper background shows the warm tone of the underlying panel in places, as the paint grows naturally more transparent over time. There has also been a scattering of little strengthening touches in the background in the past, dimly visible under ultra violet light, with longer horizontal lines of retouching along the grain near the top edge. More distinct recent retouching can be seen under UV along the joint and at the edges occasionally in the background, with some also in the lower right background, and one slightly larger retouching at the lower left edge. The fine intact quality and condition of the still life itself is rare and remarkable. This report was not done under laboratory conditions.
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The Hague, Mauritshuis, Uit de schatkamer van de verzamelaar: Hollandse zeventiende-eeuwse schilderijen uit Nederlands particulier bezit (The Amateur's Cabinet. Seventeenth Century Dutch Masterpieces from Dutch Private Collections), 1995, no. 15.


Uit de schatkamer van de verzamelaar: Hollandse zeventiende-eeuwse schilderijen uit Nederlands particulier bezit (The Amateur's Cabinet. Seventeenth Century Dutch Masterpieces from Dutch Private Collections), exhibition catalogue, The Hague 1995, pp. 38–39, no. 15, reproduced.


Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 17 June 1988, lot 859, for 7,600,000 French francs;
David Paul, Florida;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1991;
With Rob Noortman, London, 1992;
By whom sold to a private collector;
Thence by inheritance to the present owner.

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