Still life with Turkey Pie
oil on panel, 1627
A large turkey pie is the most eye-catching part of this richly decked table. The pie is crowned with a real, dead turkey. Pieter Claesz painted this still life in 1627. He put his initials on the handle of the knife: 'PC A[nn]o 1627'. In the seventeenth century a painting like this with attractive kitchen utensils and exotic delicatessen was called a 'banketgen', or banquet painting. Such a showpiece was made to hang in the house of a prosperous citizen.