The alchemist pauses in his work to glance over one shoulder at the distillation experiments in progress beside him. A multi-level furnace supports an alembic and receiver. A small text, perhaps a recipe collection or "book of secrets," is raised in his right hand. The hourglass and hanging skull both remind the viewer of time's passage, while the full and heavy purse on the alchemist's belt suggests his worldly success.
(sale, Christie's South Kensington, October 28, 1993, lot. 219, one of a pair.)
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