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Still Life with Peacock Pie by Pieter Claesz

Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1675

Pieter Claesz

A sumptuous feast is set with some of the most extravagant foods available in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. A large peacock pie is festooned with the fowl’s own feathers and gullet—a true delicacy marking only the most special occasions—plus a pink rose placed in its beak. An array of foods surrounds the garnished game, including a cooked bird, olives, lemons, breads, peaches, nuts, and candies. Many of these foods, which the artist rendered beautifully in pewter platters and Chinese bowls, were delicacies imported from foreign lands. A small mound of salt, which was itself a precious spice, in a gilded saltcellar adds even more flavor to the meal. Perched at the ready is a drinking glass filled with glistening white wine poured from a pewter pitcher.

Credit
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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