After Edwaert Collier (c.1640-1708) Dutch.
This artist is recognised as one of the masters of this genre and type of painting.
A fine and decorative oil on wooden panel still life interior scene.
A book is open on a chenille throw at a desk, the reader has a cup of tea and something stronger in a glass to the side.
There is a locket on the desk and behind the book on the wall a miniature of a handsome man, to the side is a large and impressive clock.
A still life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures
The term originally comes from the opening lines of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible: ‘Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’
Vanitas are closely related to memento mori still lifes which are artworks that remind the viewer of the shortness and fragility of life (memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning ‘remember you must die’) and include symbols such as skulls and extinguished candles. However vanitas still-lifes also include other symbols such as musical instruments, wine and books to remind us explicitly of the vanity (in the sense of worthlessness) of worldly pleasures and goods.
The symbolism here is obviously romantic perhaps representing lovers parted. The painting is beautifully and intricately worked by a capable hand.
The artist has signed the piece and the signature is hidden in the painting hanging at the top right of the work.
The signature is somewhat illegible although I am sure the artist would be of a continental European origin.
The painting is framed in a period English gilt frame with all the original gilding.
This painting has a great period look and is ready to hang. C.1900.
Overall frame: 20 ¾ by 25 ¼ Inches
Uk Next Day Recorded £35
Europe £65 / USA £120
Excellent Order for the age
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Quite Stock Ref : 0885