Jan van Kessel the Elder, attributed to - Still Life with Fish, a Crab and a Cat
Jan van Kessel the Elder, attributed to
Still Life with Fish, a Crab and a Cat
Oil on copper, mounted on panel. 10.5 x 15.5 cm.
This charming, small still life on copper, in which Walther Bernt recognised the hand of Jan van Kessel the Elder, belongs to a group of still lifes which researchers have in part attributed to Jan Kessel the Younger and in part to the Elder. The present composition with numerous sea fishes, a large crab and a cat by a rocky coast is characterised by the fine combination of cool, silvery-grey tones with the warmer coral hues of some of the fish and the crab.
Walther Bernt, Munich, 28.2.1973 (as "einwandfreies, charakteristisches und ausgezeichnet erhaltenes Werk des vielseitigen Antwerpener Jan van Kessel").
Private collection, Rhineland.