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Fruit in a Delft Dish

Photo credit: Bolton Library & Museum Services, Bolton Council

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The Dutch were known for their still lifes in the Golden Age of seventeenth century Dutch painting. During this period artists proliferated and much of the population could afford to purchase at least one painting for their home. The artist has included a delicate Delftware dish, which was made in Holland. The bowl holds a variety of fruit obtained from abroad including a lemon and an orange. These may show what good trade links the Dutch had at that time. The artist has used the technique trompe l'oeil, (a French term meaning to trick the eye) to make the ivory knife handle appear as though it is projecting out from the table into our space.

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery



Fruit in a Delft Dish


oil on canvas


H 47.5 x W 35 cm

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bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith, 1940

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