Pair of still lifes on the theme of "sweet" and "salty" - 18th century
The first panel is decorated with two earthenware plates placed along the wall and framing an oil and vinegar plant. On the table are placed a pie, a pie and in two pewter plates cakes and on a baking paper forgetfuls. A drapery of green velvet bordered by a gold braid closes the scene on the right side.
We find the same drapery on the pendant, but on the left side. This one is devoted to cold meats, showing a quarter of ham hanging on the wall and on the table plates containing sausages, sausages and a ham spiked with bay leaves, a chicken and a series of three large sausages. To brighten up the scene, a blue and white earthenware pitcher decorated with olive branches adorns this table.
Meat, which at first glance may not seem aesthetic, nevertheless constitutes a major source of inspiration for artists. It was in the 17th century, the great century of still life, that it found its place of choice in pictorial art.
To depict the richness of the tables with the heap of birds, sausages and other victuals, it is also an opportunity to demonstrate his virtuosity in painting the pluckings or textures more real than life.
The 18th century continued in the line of the 17th century, but the allegorical connotations were abandoned, evolving towards representations displaying everyday food and dishes.