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Pieter Claesz (1597/98-1661)
The Netherlands
Still Life (Breakfast Piece with Berckemeyer), 1641
Oil on canvas
19 1/8 x 23 3/4 in. (48.6 x 60.3 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Leyman Endowment and Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Wichagar, 1987.151

Signed and dated on the knife blade at lower left: "PC 1641"

A breakfast still life, or ontbijtstuk, depicting bread, a sliced and peeled lemon, a fruit pie, nuts, a watch, and a glass at the left filled with wine. An upturned glass is placed over the spout of a pewter tankard. All the objects rest on a table covered by a white cloth. The artist's monogram and the date are on the handle of the knife.

Alternate Titles:
Still life with a Rembrandt Jug, two Berkemeyers, a Fruit-pie, plates with bread and a peeled lemon


19th century:   Possibly Collection Vriendt, Belgium [1]
?-May 22, 1985:   Mr. and Mrs. Delbaer, Nivelles, Belgium, sold at auction, Campo, Antwerp, May 21 and 22, 1985, lot 42, to [2]
May 22, 1985 1987:   (Dowes Fine Art, Amsterdam, sold to)
1987-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Letter to the CAM from Dr. Martina Brunner-Bulst, April 12, 1988.

[2] The painting may have been with the Delbaer family for many years. When they placed it with Campo to be auctioned, they commented that it had been stored in their attic.

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