Inventory number
P00925
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Title
Limes, a Box of Jelly, butterfly and recipients
Chronology
Third Quarter of the Eighteenth Century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
35 cm x 48 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Still Life
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection (New Royal Palace, Madrid, “gabinete de historia natural del príncipe de Asturias”, 1771; Casita del Príncipe, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 1778; Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Madrid, “pabellón grande del embarcadero”, ca. 1785; Aranjuez Palace, “habitaciones del príncipe”, ca. 1800, n. 7; Aranjuez Palace, “pieza de cubierto del rey”, 1818, n. 7)

Some limes, laid out with the artist's habitual disorder, occupy almost half the canvas. Behind them, a honey pot of the popular green-glazed type from Biar or Lucena shows the painter's eye for detail. In the background, a box of jelly lies open on a castañuela plate. Behind it, a silver or pewter saucer holds a Tonalá type Mexican ceramic cup. The butterfly hovering over it all is interesting for its rarity.

 
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