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Jan Jansz. van de Velde III (c.1620 - 1662 or later):
Still Life with a Pipe-lighter
A608; oil on canvas; 43.3 x 40.5 cm.
Signed and dated: J. v. velde Anno 1653.
Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.84.
The objects in this painting reappear in many of van de Velde's still-life compositions. The same pewter dish (or one very similar) appears in works extending across the artist's career while the pasglas is found in works dating from 1641 onwards. The details refer to the pleasures of the public house: smoking, drinking and playing cards. The chalk would have been used by the card-players to chalk up the score.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation