Still Life with Fruit and Lobster, Pieter de Ring
Pieter de Ring
Still Life with Fruit and Lobster
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Pieter de Ring

Still Life with Fruit and Lobster, ca. 1655 – 1660

72.2 x 60.0 x 0.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak wood,, at top an original addition to the support, beveled at bottom and on both sides, partially thinned
Inventory Number
SG 999
Acquired in 1940.
Not on display


About the Work

A Chinese porcelain dish with fruits, a lobster, wine in a rummer and a tall flute glass are the main elements in this composition, as well as being the ingredients and accessories for a delicious meal. The overall message of this picture could be the "praise of wine", since the wine and the vessels required for it rise above all the other delicacies. Moreover, the painter has placed a laurel wreath around the rummer. Only the ring beside the lobster is unusual in such a magnificent still life. It is, however, the "speaking" signature of the artist.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Fruit and Lobster
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak wood,, at top an original addition to the support, beveled at bottom and on both sides, partially thinned
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet rechts auf dem Tisch mit einem Ring als sprechende Signatur

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1940.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif



Research and Discussion


Object History
Julius Heyman (1863-1925), Frankfurt/M., seit mind. Dez. 1905
Nachlass Julius Heyman, Frankfurt a. M., 17.10.1925
testamentarische Stiftung der Sammlung an die Stadt Frankfurt a. M.
Überweisung an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt a. M., Okt. 1940.


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