The Hague circa 1620/25 – 1660/79 Amsterdam
Peaches, grapes and a lemon in a silver gilt tazza with peaches, walnuts and a slice of orange in a stone niche
Oil on canvas : 59.2 x 48.2 cm
Frame : 77,8 X 66,6 cm
Our painting is recorded at the RKD, The Hague, under Nr. 0000257857.
Borman was most probably a pupil of Laurens Craen in Middelburg during the early 1650s. Borman is later documented in Leiden, The Hague and finally Amsterdam, where he moved to in 1659.
Typical of Borman are the thin leaves with wavy margins and
strongly pronounced veins. Our well-balanced composition holds a strong Vanitas message, reflecting upon the transient character of life: the stone niche is cracking and insects sit on the fruit. Johannes Borman shows here his dexterity at painting various materials: stone, metal, fruit, leaves, the crinkled shell of a walnut.
As to our magnificently painted partly-pealed lemon: did you know that during the 17th century lemon juice was added to (German) white wine, which was considered to be too sweat.