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Chardin's studies of kitchen utensils fall roughly into the years 1728–1734; before that, he concentrated on still life with game. He may have turned to kitchen subjects on his admission to the Academy in 1728 to distinguish himself from artists such as Desportes and Oudry who specialised in game and hunting pieces. This painting was probably painted c.1733–1734 when Chardin was turning to genre scenes.
oil on canvas
H 32.5 x W 40.3 cm
Presented by Mrs W. F. R. Weldon, 1927