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Still Life with Wine Goblet and Oysters

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Like many still-life painters, Claesz. favored particular kinds of objects. The plain foods that he painted—bread, fruit, and herring— were those found on the tables of all but the poorest families in the Dutch Republic. This composition also includes tobacco spilling from a cone of paper. ...

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Center left: PC (monogram) / 163 [...]


Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris [see note 1]; probably sold by Sedelmeyer to Francis Bunker Greene (b. 1844 - d. 1911) and his wife, Rebecca Andrews Greene (b. 1841 - d. 1905), Boston; about 1911, by descent to James Russell Chapman (b. 1851), Santa Barbara, CA; about 1938, to his daughter, Mary Chapman (Mrs. Hans Paul) Ahrnke (b. 1880), Lafayette, CA [see note 2]; 1956, gift of Mrs. Ahrnke to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 8, 1956) NOTES: [1] A wax seal from the Galerie Sedelmeyer is on the reverse of the painting. The Greenes are known to have purchased at least one other Dutch painting from Sedelmeyer (MFA accession no. 11.1452). [2] According to information provided by Mrs. Ahrnke in 1957, the painting passed from her great aunt, Mrs. Greene, to her father in Santa Barbara, California, who owned it for twenty-seven years. Mrs. Ahrnke owned it for eighteen years before giving it to the MFA.

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Gift of Mrs. H. P. Ahrnke in memory of her great-aunt Mrs. Francis B. Greene



50.2 x 70.1 cm (19 3/4 x 27 5/8 in.)

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Oil on panel