Still Life with Lobster

Pieter de Ring (Dutch, 1615-1660)
Still Life with Lobster, c. 1650

Oil on canvas
35 1/4 x 45 in. (89.5 x 116.8 cm)
Signed with a ring on the table.
IU Art Museum purchase, 73.22


March 19-21, 1751, Sale, "Pictures of Dr. Bragge, Collected by Himself Abroad...," Prestage Auction House, London, on behalf of Dr. Robert Bragge, London (lot no. 9, as "A Lemon, Lobster, &c.," attributed to Jan Davidsz de Heem). Sold to an unknown buyer for £3.6

ca. 1822, with Samuel Woodburn (dealer, 1780–1853), London. Sold to Harry Phillips Auction House, London

February 9-16, 1822, Sale, "Collection of Beautiful Cabinet and Gallery Pictures...," Harry Phillips Auction House, London (lot no. 58, as "Still Life, Lobster, Lemon, &c," attributed to Jan Davidsz de Heem). Did not sell; retained by the auction house.

by 1901, Collection of Sir Francis Cook, 1st Baronet (died 1901), Doughty House, Richmond, England

1901–ca. 1953, Collection of Sir Herbert Cook, 3rd Baronet, Doughty House, Richmond, England (by inheritance)

?-1973, Shickman Gallery, New York.

1973, IU Art Museum purchased from Shickman Gallery


Winter 1952/3, Royal Academy of Arts, “Winter Exhibition,” London

July 1—February 4, 1989, “A Prosperous Past: Dutch Still-Life Paintings from the Golden Age Exhibition. Venues: Stedelijk Museum,Delft; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Alternate Titles

A Lemon, Lobster, &c. (1751 sale)

Still Life, Lobster, Lemon, &c. (1822 sale)

Previous Attributions

Jan Davidsz De Heem


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.