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Jan Jansz. van de Velde III (c.1620 - 1662 or later):
Still Life with Strawberries and Cherries
A609; oil on panel; 38 x 30 cm.
Signed and dated: j. vande velde.fecit / Ano.1658.
Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.85.
Still-life paintings of fruit are rare in van de Velde's work. This one includes a Wan-li porcelain dish of strawberries, a silver spoon, cherries and a glass fashioned in the Venetian manner. Paintings combining glasses of wine with fruit seem to have been a subject which he took up in the last seven or eight years of his career. These are more colourful than his previous work and were perhaps painted in response to the growing popularity of Jan Davidsz. de Heem's work.
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