Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-c. 1680) was one of the earliest Dutch artists devoted exclusively to the painting of still life. He was born and died in Haarlem (Netherlands). He was a man of repute in his native city, filling all the offices of dignity and trust in the guild of Haarlem.
This painting entitled "The property of a Lady", painted in 1630, is an exquisite example of Heda's early refined banquet pieces. It is an oil on panel and was offered at Sotheby's Amsterdam in Novembrer 2008 with an estimate of € 200-300,000. It went for the sum of 312,750 EUR (approx. $ 394,000) buyer's premium included.A confirmation that the Old Masters are still riding the current economic storm quite successfully.