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image of Banquet Piece with Mince Pie Willem Claesz Heda (artist)
Dutch, 1594 - 1680
Banquet Piece with Mince Pie, 1635
oil on canvas
overall: 106.7 x 111.1 cm (42 x 43 3/4 in.) framed: 143.8 x 147 x 10.5 cm (56 5/8 x 57 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Patrons' Permanent Fund
1991.87.1
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From the Tour: Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s
Object 4 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support, a medium-weight, plain-woven fabric, is unlined and delicate, with small tears and fraying where folded over the stretcher. Small patched holes are found in the upper right corner and in the glass ewer at center. The paint layer continues onto the original tacking margins, suggesting it was primed on a stretching frame. A thick mustard-colored ground layer is employed as a midtone in the tablecloth.

Paint is applied in smooth wet-over-dry layers with impasted highlights, transparent glazes, and thin opaque scumbles. Scattered small losses and areas of slight abrasion have been retouched. A small remnant of an aged varnish remains in the shadows to the right of the fallen tazza. No conservation has been carried out since acquisition.

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