Edwin and Ruth Edwards, the English patrons and dealers of Fantin's work, recommended that the artist always use simple vases and plain tabletops in his still lifes in order to show to advantage his great skill in rendering texture and color.
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper right): Fantin 68
P. Wacker (until 1934, sold on August 19 to Lefevre); [The Lefevre Gallery, London (Alex. Reid & Lefevre), 1934–35, sold on October 5, 1935 to Bignou]; [Bignou, New York, from 1935]; Mrs. Mason, London (until 1943; sold on May 14 to Lefevre); [The Lefevre Gallery, London, 1943; sold on July 28 to Newman]; [Newman, London, from 1943]; [Ian MacNicol, Glasgow]; Charles Hepburn, Glasgow; Mrs. Breminer, London; [Scott and Fowles, Montreal]; Gustav Ring, Washington, D.C.; [Wildenstein, New York, until 1967; sold on November 17 to Lefevre]; [The Lefevre Gallery, London, 1967; sold on November 17 to Rosenberg]; [Paul Rosenberg, New York, 1967–69; stock no. 6276; sold on August 29, 1969 to Simon]; Norton Simon, Pasadena, Calif. (1969–72; sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, October 21, 1971, no. 76, bought in; sold on March 16, 1972 to Lefevre); [The Lefevre Gallery, London, 1972; sold on March 16, to private collector, Switzerland]; private collection, Switzerland (from 1972; sold to Lefevre); [The Lefevre Gallery, London, until the late 1980s; sold to Agnew]; [Agnew, London, late 1980s; sold to Ortiz-Patiño]; Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Vandoeuvres, Switzerland (late 1980s–1989; his sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 9, 1989, no. 3, for $1,870,000 to Acquavella); [Acquavella Galleries, New York, 1989–90; sold to Annenberg]; Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (1990–2001; jointly with MMA, 2001–his d. 2002)
London. Lefevre Fine Art Ltd. "Fantin-Latour," November 1934, no. 29 (as "Asters et Fruit sur une Table," with slightly smaller dimensions of 21 x 20 3/4 cm, erroneously dated 1888).
Washington. National Gallery of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 6–August 5, 1990, unnumbered cat.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," August 16–November 11, 1990, unnumbered cat.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," June 4–October 13, 1991, unnumbered cat.
THIS WORK MAY NOT BE LENT, BY TERMS OF ITS ACQUISITION BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
Joseph J. Rishel inMasterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, and Mark Rosenthal. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. ix, 26–27, 148, ill. (color), states that the Annenbergs bought this picture, their third work by Fantin-Latour, in 1990.
Ira Berkow. "Jewels in the Desert." Art News 97 (May 1998), ill. p. 148 (color, installation photo).
Susan Alyson Stein in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000–2001." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 59 (Fall 2001), pp. 5, 40, ill. (color).
Richard R. Brettell and Stephen F. Eisenman. Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum. Ed. Sara Campbell. Vol. 1, New Haven, 2006, p. 284, fig. 76a.
Joseph J. Rishel inMasterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. ix, 48–51, no. 10, ill. (color).
Kathryn Calley Galitz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings. New York, 2016, p. 437, no. 356, ill. pp. 365, 437 (color).