Still Life with a Nautilus Cup

A nautilus cup, glasses, books and food are seen on a table in front of a curtain (on the right).

Traditionally this still life was attributed to the Haarlem painter Pieter Claesz. However, the elaborate composition and coarse technique make this unlikely: it is probably by Gerrit Willemsz. Heda who imitated the work of his father, Willem Heda, but whose technique is cruder and compositions more cluttered.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1624 - 1649
Full title
Still Life with a Nautilus Cup
Date made
probably about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on oak
84.6 x 99.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Claude Dickason Rotch, 1962
Inventory number
Location in Gallery