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Still Life with Ham

MAGINI, Carlo  (b. 1720, Fano, d. 1806, Fano)

Still life paintings are always interesting and this one has a number of curious things in it.  The copper pan is showing the tin lining and the crumpled paper “cork” and paper covering for the other bottle, also the interesting paper cartridge object on the lower left (hmmm I wonder what is in there?).  Detail:  brass candle stick, paper cartridge, copper fry pan, stoneware jug, onion, mallet bottle,  jar, meat, ham, fruit,  betty lamp

Happy Baby with Mother 1728

Willem van Mieris (3 June 1662, Leiden – 26 January 1747, Leiden)

A beautiful domestic scene, the cherubic faced child is a great touch.  A lot of great detail: bird cage, colander, baskets, onion bottle, stoneware bottle, knife, plate, bread, foot warmers, brazier, shoes, dog, doll, chair, crib, table, plate rack, plates

Young Woman in Kitchen

Andrea Commodi (1560–1648)

OK, I am a sucker for kitchen scene and what do we have here?  What is she pouring out of the mortar,?   What is she pouring it into – is it a cup or a weird funnel?    Details: sausages, meat, copper colander, eggs, basket,  pottery, pie pan, mortar and pestle, garlic?

Cook with the Smoking Fireplace

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Joachim Beuckelaer (1533–1574)

The main thing I thought was interesting / funny was the smoke coming out of the fireplace in the background.  We recently built an 18th century kitchen set for doing videos and we had quite a bit of trouble getting a good draw out of the chimney, apparently we weren’t the only ones.  Detail: meat, chicken, chair, drinking jug, basket, plate, fireplace, smoke.

A Lady at the Hearth by Pehr Hilleström

Pehr Hilleström (18 November 1732 – 13 August 1816)

I thought this picture would be a great one with which to get started.   Pehr Hilleström painted in the late 18th century Sweden, by the looks of her outfit this might be 1790’s or so.  It has any number of great details to study: a raised hearth,  various cooking vessels,  the mortar and pestle,  the storage jars, coffee grinder, the colander, trivet, spoon, bowl, unlined brass pot, and broom.  Who is this lady?

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