Description & Technical information

The creator (as yet unidentified) of this uncommonly well-preserved pastel had clearly studied the still lifes of the great Swiss pastellist and the work of Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte. The detail lavished on each object attests to a full understanding of the idea of ‘le temps suspendu’, the French idiom in still life painting. We are grateful to Mr. John Whitehead for pointing out that the turquoise jug is Vincennes or early Sèvres porcelain, about 1754-58.

Date:  1754-58
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Medium: Pastel on vellum
Dimensions: 36.9 x 48 cm (14¹/₂ x 18⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints