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Description On a table covered with a red cloth are a slender glass of sparkling wine, a silver salver bearing oysters, a slice of lemon, a bunch of purple grapes still attached to a sprig of vine, and several almonds. Preyer specialized in wonderfully detailed still lifes, such as this one, and looked back to Dutch Old Master paintings, drawing on their unique compositional elements and range of rich and cool colors. He even employed similar "vanitas" motifs, such as the housefly perched on the stem of the vine, and the inclusion of bubbles: ephemeral symbols of life’s transience. Preyer's paintings were particularly popular with collectors in the United States. William T. Walters purchased this painting for his growing collection of European art around the middle of the 19th century.
Date Description Narrative
1/26/1961Examinationexamined for condition
4/20/1978Treatmentvarnish removed; coated
7/01/1994Treatmentsurface cleaned; coated
  • Artful Dining: The Exhibition. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1878, by purchase [from the artist]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In black at lower right: JWPreyer; [Date] In black at lower right: 1859
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878

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oil on canvas
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H: 14 3/16 x W: 12 11/16 in. (36 x 32.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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