Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 28 (Sale info: For Sale).
This is indubitably the chef d'oeuvre of this Raphael of Still Life. It formed one of the chief ornaments in the Gallery of the Chevalier de Burtin at Brussels, and is fully described in his Catalogue Raisonne, vol. 2, page 131, published in Brussels in 1808, and which can be referred to on application to the proprieter. In the Goblet, placed in the centre of the group, is reflected the Artist, seated at his easel, painting this picture, at which period he was 39 years of age, it being signed and dated, "Guilliaume Van Aelst, 1659," and he having been born in 1620. This extraordinary and truly beautiful work of art, appears to have been in very few hands, and those knew well the treasure in their keeping, as it is as pure as it was the hour when finished, never having been cleaned or lined, and still on the same stretcher on which it was painted. [P. 5; see entry 00050029 for companion piece.]
Catalogue of W. Hayward's Collection of Paintings by the Ancient and Modern Masters, now exhibiting at Corinthian Gallery, corner of Milk and Federal Streets, (Entrance in Federal Street.) Boston: Eastburn's Press, 18 State Street, 1840.