Inventory number
P00929
Author
Meléndez, Luis Egidio (Spanish)
Title
Still Life with a Chocolate Service
Chronology
1770
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
50 cm x 37 cm
School
Española
Theme
Naturaleza muerta
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, gabinete de historia natural del príncipe de Asturias, 1771; Casita del Príncipe, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 1778; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pabellón grande del embarcadero, h. 1785; Aranjuez, habitaciones del príncipe, h. 1800, nº 7; Aranjuez, pieza de cubierto del rey, 1818, nº 7).

The canvas describes a chocolate service with its copper chocolate pot, high, vertical stirring stick and long horizontal handle. In front, a large plate has a cup, a bun and some cakes, one of which rests directly on the table. In the foreground, some chocolate medallions spill out of their paper wrapping.

This work is exceptional in its depiction of objects of valuable porcelain, such as the cup, which may be Oriental, from the Compañía de Indias. This was in keeping with the high status of chocolate at that time when, more than a drink, it was a social event.

 
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