In the 1640s Claesz.'s handling became freer and his colour range increased. This tendency, already evident in this painting of 1642, continued through the remainder of his life. The silver-handled knife first appeared in paintings of the early 1630s and seems to have disappeared shortly after this picture was painted. The glass beaker and mustard pot of Westerwald stoneware, on the other hand, had been recently added to his studio props and lasted in use until the early 1650s.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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