Grapes, Peaches and Quinces in a Niche

Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1579–1657)


75.2 x 54.3 cm (29 5/8 x 21 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

On View

Leo and Phyllis Beranek Gallery (Gallery 243)





Snyders painted many different kinds of still-life subjects, from large kitchen pieces to intimate representations of flowers. Some of his compositions are complex and dynamic; others, such as this one, are more focused and quiet. His brushwork, too, is sometimes precise and barely perceptible, sometimes more fluid, or, as here, almost sketchy. The low viewpoint of this painting, emphasized by the shadow of the box that overlaps the edge of the niche, suggests that it was intended to be hung high, perhaps over a door.


1946, A. F. Mondschein (Frederick Mont), New York; 1946, sold by Mondschein to the MFA for $1250. (Accession Date: February 14, 1946)

Credit Line

Charles Edward French Fund