Kitchen Still Life with a Maid and Young Boy

Object Details

Title:

Kitchen Still Life with a Maid and Young Boy

Artist/Maker(s):

Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1579 - 1657)

with figures attributed to Jan Boeckhorst (German, about 1604 - 1668)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

mid-17th century

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

240 x 152.4 cm (94 1/2 x 60 in.)

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As a young boy reaches out with his chubby hand to take a fistful of grapes, a maid reproaches him, placing her hand on his right shoulder. The scene takes place in an abundantly stocked pantry, where various kinds of dead fowl await preparation. The large table upon which the boy sits is laden with baskets, bowls, and platters that overflow with ripe fruit, including apples, peaches, and pomegranates. To complete this picture of domestic life, a cat stands in the window on the upper right, antagonizing two dogs below.

Pantry scenes like this were derived from earlier paintings of town markets, which were appreciated for their display of nature's bounty. This painting is a collaborative work by Frans Snyders, who specialized in still lifes and animal subjects, and Jan Boeckhorst, who painted the figures.

Provenance
by 1761 - 1775

Sir Gregory Page, second Bart., died 1775 (Wricklemarsh, Kent, England)

- 1813

John Willett Willett (London, England; Merley, Wimbourne, Dorset, England) [sold, Willett sale, Coxe, London, June 2, 1813, lot 127, to Peter William Baker.]

1813 - 1815

Peter William Baker, died 1815 (London, England; Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Peter William Baker, 1815.

1815 - 1816

Mrs. Peter William Baker, died 1816 (London, England; Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to Edward Baker, 1816.

1816 - 1825

Sir Edward Baker, first Bart., died 1825 (Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to Edward Baker, 1825.

1825 - 1877

Sir Edward Baker, second Bart., 1806 - 1877 (Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to Talbot Hastings Bendall Baker, 1877.

1877 - 1900

Sir Talbot Hastings Bendall Baker, third Bart., 1820 - 1900 (Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to Randolf Littlehales Baker, 1900.

1900 - 1959

Sir Randolf Littlehales Baker, fourth Bart., 1879 - 1959 (Ranston, Dorset, England), by inheritance to Mrs. William Henry Gibson Fleming, 1959.

1959 - 1960

Mrs. William Henry Gibson Fleming (Ranston, Dorset, England)

1959 - 1960

and Maj. William Henry Gibson Fleming (Ranston, Dorset, England) [sold, Gibson Fleming sale, Sotheby's, London, March 23, 1960, lot 44, through Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England) to J. Paul Getty.]

1960 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.