Image Resources | Currently on View in Charles O. McGaughey Gallery
This is one of the numerous small paintings of ordinary household subjects done by Chardin in the early 1730s. He frequently made use of the same repertory of objects - a copper pot, skimmer, glazed clay pitcher, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, turnips - in other compositions. There is a profound orderliness and harmony in these arrangements of utensils and vegetables and a sense of moral certitude in their rustic simplicity. Such values were prized by the rising middle class, who made up most of Chardin's patrons.