Born at Amsterdam, 1682; died 1749, aged 67. A charming and very perfect specimen, painted with that astonishing truth and beauty that in this branch of the art has defied competition with all other painters. His reputation rose to such a height at last, that he fixed immoderate prices on his works; so that none but princes, or those of princely fortunes, could pretend to become purchasers. This illustrious painter surpassed all who have ever painted in that style; and his works attract as much surprise by their finishing, as they excite admiration by their truth. It is universally agreed that he has excelled all who has [sic] ever painted fruit or flowers before him; nor does it appear that any future artist will become his competitor. (On pannel--1 ft. 10 inh. by 2 ft. 6 inh.) [Pp. 20-21.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.