Game Larder Still Life: Hung Game, with a Swan and Peacock on a Table, and a Page holding a Parrot
Frans Snyders (Antwerp 1579 - Antwerp 1657)
This is a version of one of Synder’s most often repeated and varied ‘game larder’ compositions. It has been suggested that the prime version is that in the Schonborn Collection at Pommersfelden. The Charlecote picture possibly appears in Willem van Haecht’s painting of ‘Alexander the Great visiting the studio of Apelles’ (Mauritshuis), which includes numerous famous paintings hanging on the walls. Snyders sometimes collaborated with Rubens, painting aspects of still-life in his pictures.
Oil painting on canvas, Game Larder Still Life: Hung Game, with a Swan and Peacock on a Table and a Page holding a Parrot, by Frans Snyders (Antwerp 1579 - Antwerp 1657), 1613-14. A table with a red table-cloth and a profusion of dead game, including swan, peacock and song birds; a young roe and boar hanging right, a deer, left; a dog in the foreground and at the left a boy in yellow and black striped jerkin, holding a parrot. Framed in an 18th Century giltwood frame with carved running dog ornament on flat and egg-and-date forming outer edge Purchased in 1836 by Mary Elizabeth Lucy at Mrs Piozzi's posthumous sale (bibliographic reference).
On loan from Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy, 6th Bt (b. 1945).
Makers and roles
Frans Snyders (Antwerp 1579 - Antwerp 1657), artist
Robels, 1989: Hella Robels, Frans Snyders: Stilleben- und Tiermaler 1579-1657, Munich 1989, p. 524, no. V 146