[Sca-cooks] Picture Puzzler
t.d.decker at att.net
Mon Oct 5 17:37:23 PDT 2009
> Greetings Gracious List Members,
> I have recently subscribed and have thoroughly enjoyed the discussions so
> I found someone's blog that occasionally has a "Food Painting of the
> Week". I do not remember your name, no offense meant, though I believe
> you are on this list. I would like to enlist the members here in helping
> me identify the items in this still life by Clara Peeters.
> It is called Cheeses with Almonds and Pretzels.
> Things I know: Clara Peeters was a Dutch still life artists in the early
> 1600s. It is thought that she did this painting sometime in her teems.
> These types of still life paintings are sometimes called breakfast
> paintings or break the fast paintings.
> I want to identify as many of the items in the painting as possible. My
> thoughts so far are counter clockwise from top left:
> Butter on an unpolished pewter plate
> Softer, mold ripened cheese. Possibly Brie or Camembert
> Aged cheese. Possibly an Emental or Gouda
> Aged cheese. I think it may be some kind of blue cheese
> The stack is sitting on a polished silver or pewter plate.
> Pottery plate containing almonds, raisons, and figs? dates?
>From the two pieces stemmed together at the foot of the glass, I would say
your raisins are probably dried cherries.
> Pretty glass containing wine? liqueur? Is this a drinking vessel or just a
> decanter type of thing?
A drinking glass with cover. While the contents might be a distillate, I
would suspect it is watered wine.
> Bread roll. Pan de mane?
The shape is a galette. The color says it's made from wheat flour (IMO, at
least twice boulted), which in earlier times would make it pan de mane. I
would suspect it is about 6 inches in diameter and weighs 8 ounces avoir.,
roughly equivalent to a manchet, but unlike the manchet, this loaf (IMO) is
most likely a double rise.
> Pottery face jug. Any ideas on what it could contain? My thoughts are beer
> or wine.
Or oil, or mead, or anything that pours. In this case, it's probably meant
to be the decanter for the fluid in the glass.
> My purpose for wanting this information: I have set myself the tast of
> doing "Food from a Portrait" like the costumers do clothing from a
> Any help would be gratefully accepted.
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