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The Silver Goblet

Jean-Siméon Chardin, French, 1699–1779
Oil on canvas
Made in
France, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 202
16 7/8 x 19 in. (42.9 x 48.3 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
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.
Baron 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]

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.
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