Bartolomeo Bettera (Bergame 1639-1688), Musical instruments, books, music scores, a globe and a rooster on a table draped with a carpet. Photo Christie's

Huile sur toile, 73 × 96,5 cm. Estimate $40,000 - $60,000. Price Realized: $40,000

Provenance : Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg, until 1952, when gifted to the Saint Louis Art Museum

NotesThe array of musical instruments and related objects in the present still life is brought to life by the elaborate brocade of the draped curtain, the heavily textured surface of the carpet laid upon the table and the rooster standing proudly at table's edge -- the bird itself a symbol of sound. Bartolomeo Bettera and his workshop produced a number of compositions with these elements including, Still life of musical instruments (Prague, Nárondí Galerie). 

Christie's. Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors. 27 January 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza