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Old 01-17-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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Anyone know what is in folded paper?

It's a painting by Luis Melendez a 18 century Spanish artist. I'm very curious what could be in those two folded paper packs?

I don't know where else to ask, and thought this forum would have people who may know the answer.

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Old 01-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #2
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I will guess that they are sachets of herbs and spices, seasonings. This is based on the fact that there are garlic cloves, a duck, a frying pan, and what looks to be maybe a mortar and pestle. But its is just my best guess.

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Old 01-17-2016, 05:13 PM   #3
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Just out of curiosity, does the painting have a name or title that you know of ?
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:25 PM   #4
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The Bird appears to be a partridge, I actually found a similar painting by the same artist, same kind of bird, in addition to the garlic and white packets, there are onions as well ( which are not shown in this pic)
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #5
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Its called - Still Life with Partridges, Cloves of Garlic and a Jar --- The other painting you're talking about is a little different Bodegón dos perdices, cebollas, ajos y vasijas-meléndez.jpg - two partrides, onions, garlic and vessels.

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Old 01-17-2016, 05:34 PM   #6
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I also think these could be herbs and stuff. But I would also think herbs would've been wrapped differently i.e. a cone shape.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:36 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm just trying to get out as many clues as possible, so someone who is smarter than I am could help us out a bit
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:39 PM   #8
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National Gallery of Art | Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life
On picture 25 out of 39, painting of Sea Bream, a folded packet also appears. In the description, it says it is spices (in the folded paper)
CLOTN is correct.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:50 PM   #9
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Good eye bliss!
Now the question is, which spices do we think they may be given the date , location and other ingredients in the pictures?
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:01 PM   #10
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More likely spices than herbs. Herbs would be fresh and therefore not wrapped up like that. Could be saffron, peppercorns, who knows.
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