Thomas S. Buechner. Glass Vessels in Dutch Painting of the 17th Century. Exh. cat., Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, N.Y., 1952, pp. 25–26, 30, no. 7, discusses the types of glassware that appear in the painting.
Lucius Grisebach. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. January 27, 1970, provides extensive provenance information.
John Walsh Jr. "Vermeer." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31 (Summer 1973), unpaginated, fig. 26, compares it to the still life passage in Vermeer's "Woman Reading a Letter" (Gemäldegalerie, Dresden).
Lucius Grisebach. Willem Kalf, 1619–1693. Berlin, 1974, pp. 114–15, 122, 130, 147–48, 156, 158, 254, no. 94, fig. 103, includes it in a group of paintings believed to be painted in Amsterdam between 1656 and 1659, all of which have similar motifs or equally carefully constructed designs.
Martin Lerner. Blue & White: Early Japanese Export Ware. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1978, unpaginated, under no. 9, no. 16, is "almost certain" that the bowl that appears in the painting is a Chinese Wan-li (Ming dynasty) dish; compares it with a dish of the same type also in the Museum's collection (19.136.13).
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 349–50, fig. 628 (color), cites it as an example of the "monumental, even grandiose" later Dutch still-life paintings; notes its opulence and "sensitivity to color and texture".
Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, p. 190, calls its upright composition "the more indigenous Dutch type".
Ivan Gaskell. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Seventeenth Century Dutch and Flemish Painting. London, 1990, p. 70, under no. 9, mentions it in relation to another Kalf still life with a Chinese bowl and glass in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; notes that these motifs appear regularly in Kalf's work.
Fred G. Meijer. The Collection of Dutch and Flemish Still-life Paintings Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 2003, p. 227, notes similar motifs in a still life by Kalf in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; claims erroneously that both paintings show the same bowl.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), p. 50.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. xi, 34, 387, 390–92, no. 97, colorpl. 97.