Gold and Silver Vases, Dish, Desert, Cloth, with Fruit, Flowers, &c. in a Vestibule, (painting)
Verelst, Simon 1664-1710
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 115 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This is a very brilliant picture by this master, he studied after nature all those subjects which he chose to paint till he became very eminent, as well as for the elegance of the subject which he selected, as for his exquisite manner of finishing them. He had already acquired considerable reputation in his own country, when the prospect of advancing his fortune induced him to visit England; and his success was almost incredible. His works very soon came into vogue, they were exceedingly admired, and sold for greater prices than had ever been given in London for any composition in that style of fruit and flowers. He had abundant vanity, and found that vanity abundantly gratified, not only by the esteem in which his paintings were held, but by the compliments of the poets, particularly by those lines of prior's writing. Fruit and flower subjects he handled in a charming manner, and gave them force and relief by a judicious management of the chiaro scuro, he painted his objects with great truth and resemblance of nature, and his colouring was fresh - this picture is from the late duke of buckingham's collection. Painted by Simon Verelst, who was born at Antwerp, 1664, died 1710." [P. 18.]
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