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Attributed to Philips Gijsels (Flemish artist, active 1650-63), Still Life: Lobster, Fruit and Glasses

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Title Still Life: Lobster, Fruit and Glasses
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Attributed to Philips Gijsels (Flemish artist, active 1650-63)
Previously attributed to imitator of Heem, Jan Davidsz. de (Dutch painter, born 1606, died 1683 or 1684)
Date Earliest possibly about 1650
Date Latest possibly about 1663
Description On a partially draped tabletop in an interior, (from left to right) a bread roll and slice of lemon, a lobster and lemon in a large blue and white Chinese-style porcelain bowl, a glass of beer and a flute of wine, a smaller bowl of berries, and a plate with a crab.
Current Accession Number 35.277
Former Accession Number 36
Inscription front cr 'J. De heem. 1642.'
Subject still life
Measurements 57.8 x 78.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Provenance Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), by 1924.
Principal Exhibitions The Burrell Collection loan exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, 1924, cat. no. 54.
Publications Wright, C. (ed.), Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century: Images of a Golden Age in British Collections, Birmingham, 1989, p. 188, as Dutch, ‘by a weak follower of J. D. de Heem'; Lloyd Williams, J., Dutch Art in Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1992, p. 160.
Notes W. Liedtke 2003 (oral communication): not good enough to be by J. D. de Heem, or even a contemporary follower: probably a copy; F. Meijer 2004 (letter on file): '‘Probably the work of Philips Gijsels [...] the rendering of the lobster and its combination with a lemon, as well as the handling of the tablecloth appear to match signed and firmly attributed works as well.' The de Heem signature is false. For Philips Gijsels see Van der Willigen. A. and F. G. Meijer, A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish Still-life Painters Working in Oils 1525-1725, Leiden, 2003, p. 90.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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