RING, Pieter de
(b. ca. 1615, Leiden, d. 1660, Leiden)
Still-Life of Musical Instruments-
Oil on canvas
The Leidener Pieter de Ring successfully adopted Jan Davidsz. de Heem's compositional schemes and styles. De Ring's works, particularly his fine, large 'pronk' (sumptuous or ostentatious) still-lifes, have been confused with his model. His custom of signing his still-lifes with a ring helps distinguish them. But this clue is not fail-safe. The ring has been known to have been painted out by dealers and collectors who wanted their de Ring to pass as a de Heem.