Edward Collier

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A Trompe l'Oeil of Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board

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Collier specialised in trompe l'oeil paintings. These 'deceptions' were still lifes, painted to impress the viewer with the artist's ability to create in paint the illusion of real, graspable objects. Letter racks were one of Collier's favourite subjects, and this piece shows one arranged with newspapers, notes, writing implements, seals and combs. He painted many variations of it with similar objects slightly differently arranged, but always with different dates and printed texts. Although we don’t know the exact year this piece was painted, a clue is contained in the folded London newspaper at the top of the rack which is dated 'Monday, May 15' - the only likely Monday to fall on this date was in 1699, which is now given as the approximate date of the piece.

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  • Artist Edward Collier
  • Artwork A Trompe l'Oeil of Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board
  • Exhibition British Baroque: Power & Illusion
  • Credit Original: Oil paint on canvas 58.8 x 46.2 cm © Tate, 2020
About the artist
Edward Collier (1642 – 1708) was a Dutch Golden Age still-life painter, best known for his vanitas and trompe-l'œil paintings. Not much is known about Collier - his first name is variously spelled as ‘Edward, ‘Edwaert’, ‘Eduwaert, ‘Edwart’ or ‘Evert’, and his last name is sometimes spelled ‘Colyer’, ‘Kollier’ or ‘Collier’. Edward Collier seems to be the anglicised version of his name that he used for his works for the English market. Some of his paintings for the years 1695-8 have inscriptions describing him as a ‘Painter at London’, so it is presumed that he lived there during this time. His exact year of birth and death are not known.
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The safety of our staff, visitors and community is our top priority and so in line with advice from Public Health England the galleries and shops, including the Tate online shop are now closed until further notice.

Delivery times

We aim to deliver shop products within:

UK – 3-5 working days

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Rest of world – 7-10 working days

Delivery costs

We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £50. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

For orders under £50:

UK – £3.60 per order

Europe – £12 per order

Rest of world – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

Unframed prints and small works:
UK – £30 each
Europe – £120 each
Rest of world – £150 each

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Europe – £150 each
Rest of world – £180 each

Please note that some 3D artworks require bespoke shipping quotes, including Phyllida Barlow's Catch, 2016 and Taryn Simon's Anthem, 2015.

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