G. (Guilliam II) van Deynum
Flemish painter active in Antwerp during the 1650s
Fruit still life life with a nautilus shell and a Wan-li dish on a partly draped table
Oil on panel : 40,9 X 57,2 cm
Frame : 57,4 X 73,7 cm
Our rare still life painter belonged to an artistic family of miniature painters active in Antwerp. There are less than 20 paintings known by our painter: just a few are signed “G. van Deynum”; he never signed with his first name in full, just with the first letter. Our painter’s first name must most probably also have been Guilliam, just as an earlier portrait and miniature painter, so maybe we should call him Guilliam van Deynum II.
This painting must date from the early 1650s.
Our painting holds two of the most precious, exotic belongings that one sometimes finds in luxurious or Pronk still lifes: a Chinese, porcelain Wan-li dish and an Indonesian nautilus shell. They refer to another, exciting world, far beyond the Low Countries: a world of maps, globes and discoveries, of trade routes and colonies, of spices and of exotic fruit. Nautilus shells belong to the most mesmerizing treasures in curiosity cabinets. They were regularly mounted into cups.