Still Life with Silver

Alexandre François Desportes French

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Trained as a painter of animals and favored by both Louis XIV (1638–1715) and Louis XV (1710–1774), Desportes achieved fame not only for his hunting scenes but also for his opulent still lifes. This picture, probably painted in the 1720s, belongs to a type showing a buffet laden with an array of objects in silver, porcelain, and semi-precious stone as well as fruit—such as might have been displayed for a banquet. The objects may record actual pieces owned by the patron: the dragon-handled tureen and vermeil salvers are in the Régence style (ca. 1715–23).

Still Life with Silver, Alexandre François Desportes (French, Champigneulle 1661–1743 Paris), Oil on canvas

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