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Joris van Son (Antwerp 1623 - 1667), A 'Pronk' still life of fruits in a basket together with a gilt goblet, wine glass, a ham, a pie, orange, lemon and a crab, all upon a table draped with blue and white cloths. Estimate   50,000 — 70,000  GBP.  Lot. Sold 87,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

signed lower left: J.VAN.SON.f., oil on canvas, in a carved and gilt wood frame, 57.5 by 84 cm.; 22 5/8  by 33 in.

ProvenanceCaptain C.P. B. Wood, Culmington Manor, Shropshire;
By whom sold London, Christie's, 15 December 1913, lot 20 (with pendant) for £115. 10s. to Tooth;
With H.M. Clark, London;
Wilhelm Caspar Escher (18591929), Zurich, by whom acquired from the above before August 1919 for £200;
Thence by descent.

RxhibitionUtrecht, Centraal Museum, Verborgen. Nederlandse en Vlamse schilderijn uit de 16de en 17de eeuw uit de collective W.C. Escher, 2002, no. 10

BibliographyR.E.O. Ekkart in Verborgen. Nederlandse en Vlamse schilderijn uit de 16de en 17de eeuw uit de collective W.C. Escher, exhibition catalogue, Utrecht, Centraal Museum2002, pp. 67–69, 119, no. 10.

NoteWhen it was sold at auction in 1913, this painting was sold with a pendant, but this has since remained untraced. Van Son was made a Master in the Antwerp Painters' Guild in 164344, when he was only twenty years old, and he died relatively young when still only forty-three. Although his teacher is not recorded, his mature still lifes betray the strong influence of Jan Davidsz. de Heem, who had been a resident of the city since 1632. It is not easy to date Van Son's works precisely, but this canvas is probably a work from the 1650s. The motifs of the basket of fruit anchoring the composition to one side and the central drape of white cloth in the centre, are paralleled in a number of other paintings, such as that sold Monaco, Sotheby's, 17 June 1988, lot 869 and later with Van Haeften in London, and that sold London, Christie's, 9 July 1993, lot 4, in which the elements of the ham and the pie also recur.

Sotheby's. Old Master & British Paintings Day Sale, Londres, 09 juil. 2015