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The Silver Goblet

The Silver Goblet

The Silver Goblet

The Silver Goblet

Date: c.1728

Artist: Jean-Siméon Chardin, French, 1699–1779

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
16 7/8 x 19 in. (42.9 x 48.3 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 55:1934
Place made:France
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location:On View, Gallery 202
Terms
Notes:This seemingly simple still life features a silver goblet, a subject Jean-Siméon Chardin painted often. The dark background contrasts with the goblet’s polished surface, which reflects the simple objects clustered around it. Chardin produced many evocative still-life paintings in which individual elements contribute to a feeling of quiet solitude and ethereal beauty. Unlike most other objects in this gallery, this small still life was probably not made for royal patrons.
ProvenanceBaron E. de Beurnonville, France [1]

by 1863 - 1867
Laurent Laperlier (1805-1878), France [2]

Philippe Rousseau (1816-1887), France [3]

- still in 1873
Laurent-Richard Collection, France [4]

by 1890 -
Edmond Borthon, Dijon, France [5]

M. de Hotelans, Château de Novillars (near Besançon), France [6]

H. S. Southan, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

by 1933 - 1934
Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, NY, USA [7]

1934/11/13 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Wildenstein & Co., Inc. [8]


Notes:
The main source for this provenance is the 1979 exhibition catalog by Pierre Rosenberg [Rosenberg, Pierre. "Chardin, 1699-1779." Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1979, cat. no. 13]. Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] According to the 1890 catalog for the Borthon collection (see note [5]), the painting was previously in the Beurnonville collection. Rosenberg states that the only Beurnonville sale he could locate was on April 15, 1844. The 1844 catalog lists a group of "Fruits and other dishes prepared for meals" which Rosenberg postulates might have included the Saint Louis painting [Rosenberg, p. 123].

[2] When the painting was in the Laperlier collection, Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870) engraved a copy of the picture and exhibited it in the Salon of 1863, no. 2642 [Bocher, Emmanuel. "Les gravures françaises du XVII siecle: ou, Catalogue raisonné des estampes, vignettes, eaux-fortes, pièces en couleur, au bistre et au lavis, de 1700 à 1800." 3. fasc. Paris: Librairie des bibliophiles, 1876, cat. no. 38]. The same year, Jules and Edmond de Goncourt described the picture in an article in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts [Goncourt, Jules and Edmond de. "Chardin." "Gazette des Beaux-Arts" 15 (1863), p. 521]. In 1867, the painting was sold at the Pillet sale of the Laperlier Collection, April 11-13, 1867, lot no. 16 [Bocher, p. 115].

[3] The Borthon catalog (see note [5]) states that Laurent-Richard acquired the painting from Rousseau [Rosenberg, p. 123]. In an article on the Laurent-Richard collection, René Ménard mentions that the painting previously was in the collection of the artist Philippe Rousseau [Ménard, René. "Collection Laurent Richard." "Gazette des Beaux-Arts" 7 (1873), p. 481].

[4] The painting was in two sales of the Laurent-Richard collection. The first sale was on April 7, 1873, lot no. 2. The second sale was May 23-25, 1878, lot no. 91. It is not known if the painting was sold in either of these sales or if it remained in the Laurent-Richard collection between sales [Dayot, Armand. "J.-B Siméon Chardin." Paris: l'Edition d'Art, 1907, p. 42, 44].

[5] Listed as being in the Borthon collection in an 1890 catalog ["Catalogue des tableaux et objets d'art de la collection E. Borthon." Dijon, imp. Darantière, 1890, no. 15; Rosenberg, p. 124].

[6] According to Rosenberg, Hotelans was the son-in-law of Borthon.

[7] Listed as being with Wildenstein in two 1933 publications - an exhibition catalog and the catalogue raisonné ["The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts: Catalog of the Opening Exhibition." Springfield, MA: Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, 1933, cat. no. 40; Wildenstein, Georges. "Chardin." Paris: Paris, Les Beaux arts, Édition d'Études et de documents, 1933, cat. no. 766].

[8] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, November 8, 1934.
Exhibition History
Title: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: French Masters,Rococo to Romanticism
Date: March 5, 1961 - April 16, 1961
Venue: University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Loan Exhibition of Old Masters
Date: November 29, 1920 - December 11, 1920
Venue: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.

Title: Fifty Masterworks from the City Art Museum of St. Louis
Date: November 6 - December 13, 1958
Venue: Wildenstein & Co.

Title: French Paintings and Sculptures of the 18th Century
Date: November 7, 1935 – January 5, 1936
Venue: TheMet

Title: Chardin: His Paintings and His Engravings
Date: April 23, 1965 - May 16, 1965
Venue: Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts

Title: Chardin
Date: September 7, 1999 - September 3, 2000
Venue: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Venue: Museum Kunstpalast
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, London
Venue: TheMet

Title: Exhibition of Paintings by Jean-Baptiste Chardin under the auspices of the Arts Club
Date: February 3, 1927 - March 8, 1927
Venue: AIC

Title: Exhibition of Paintings by J.-B.S. Chardin
Date: 1926
Venue: Wildenstein & Co.

Title: Chardin, 1699-1779
Date: January 29 – November 19, 1979
Venue: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Venue: MFABoston

Publication History
Title: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawing, and Prints: French Masters, Rococo to Romanticism
Year Published: 1961

Title: French Paintings and Sculptures of the 18th Century
Year Published: 1935

Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Year Published: 1975

Title: Collection Laurent Richard
Periodical Title: Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Edition: 1873
Year Published: 1873

Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1944

Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Hosts First United States Conference of French and American Museums
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: October-December
Year Published: 2000

Title: Chardin : Il pittore del silenzio
Year Published: 2010

Title: Your Museum Transformed
Year Published: 2013

Title: Chardin et ses Tableaux a l'Hermitage
Year Published: 1961

Title: Chardin; biographie et catalogue critiques, l'oeuvre complet de l'artiste reproduit en deux cent trente-huit héliogravures

Chardin: bibliographie et catalogue critiques l'oeuvre complet de l'artiste reproduit en deux cent trente-huit heliogravures
Year Published: 1933

Title: Chardin
Year Published: 2000

Title: Chardin
Year Published: 1999

Title: La Collection Laperlier
Year Published: 1867

Title: Les Gravures Françaises du XVII Siecle: ou Catalogue Raisonné des estampes, eaux-fortes, pièces en couleur, au bistre et au lavis, de 1700 a 1800 - Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Year Published: 1876

Title: Eaux-Fortes de Jules de Goncourt
Year Published: 1876

Title: The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts: Catalog of the Opening Exhibition
Year Published: 1933

Title: Chardin, 1699-1779: Notes on the Exhibition
Year Published: 1979

Title: Exhibition of Paintings by Jean-Baptiste Chardin
Year Published: 1927

Title: Chardin, 1699-1779
Year Published: 1979

Title: Exhibition of Paintings by J.-B.S. Chardin
Year Published: 1926

Title: Chardin: His Paintings and His Engravings
Year Published: 1965

Title: Bati Resminde Sise, Kadeh ve Karaf
Periodical Title: P Art and Culture Magazine (P Dünya Sanati Dergisi)
Year Published: 2006

Title: French Paintings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1981

Title: L'opera completa di Chardin
Year Published: 1983

Title: Chardin
Periodical Title: Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Edition: 1863
Year Published: 1863

Title: Still life : from represented objects to real objects
Year Published: 2008

Title: Chardin
Year Published: 1985

Title: Catalogue of the Collection Borthon, Dijon
Year Published: 1890

Title: Chardin 1699-1779
Year Published: 2011

Title: J.-B Siméon Chardin: Avec un Catalogue Complet de l'Oeuvre du Maître
Year Published: 1907

Title: St. Louis Museum Adds Chardin Work to its Collection
Periodical Title: Art News
Edition: November 2
Year Published: 1935

Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004

Title: Chardin du Point de vue de la verrerie
Periodical Title: Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Edition: Mai-Juin
Year Published: 1959

Title: Chardin, 1699-1779
Year Published: 1979

Title: The Silver Goblet by Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: October
Year Published: 1935

Title: Chardin
Edition: Rev.
Year Published: 1969

Title: Notules
Year Published: 1909

Title: Exploring Visual Design: The Elements and Principles
Edition: fourth
Year Published: 2011

Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1937

Title: Fifty Masterworks from the City Art Museum of St. Louis
Year Published: 1958

Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1953

Title: St. Louis Masterpieces
Periodical Title: Arts
Edition: November
Year Published: 1958