This painting on canvas is a signed and dated work by the Dutch painter Edward Collier (1640 Breda-1708 London). It represents a trompe l'oeil, the painter tries to fool the viewers of this painting. Viewers will try to touch the paper on the wood, but will afterwards see it is a painting instead of a pamflet.
This portrait of a man holding a drinking jug is a representation of one of the five senses, the one known as the taste.
'De Smaeck' or taste in old Nederlands is written on the bottom of the painting and is followed by the painter signature and the date and location when and where he made it. Leyden in 1706.
The painting was auctioned in 2002 with Christies and has been afterwards in private Belgian collection.
Good condition, black frame.
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