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Willem van Aelst (1627 - in or after 1683):
Still Life of Fruit

A528; oil on canvas; 47 x 39 cm.

Prov: Dr Seligmann.

Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.4.

Meijer 2003, no. 2.

The existence of a copy of this painting (last recorded in a sale in Cologne in 1933) with wider margins, particularly along the upper edge, suggests that the Oxford painting has been cut down on all sides. It probably dates from a time close to a very similar painting of peaches in Budapest dated 1667. Velvet cloths, similarly painted, are found in paintings by van Aelst dating from between 1667 and 1674.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.