This scene captures a dog looking up at a breakfast or lunch spread. It appears enchanted by the brightness of the peaches. The wooden carved table is partially covered by a white sheet, though that has been only loosely set. Whilst it hangs down to cover all the way down to the dog, the upper half of the canvas is dominated by the carefully arranged fruit. The pyramid features a variety of different fruits and this overall setting may well have been the artist's own home, as many of his still life paintings were produced here. He enjoyed the ease with which he could arrange and re-arrange the various elements in his own time and without interference. This particular scene was very complex, the buffet is surely prepared for a large number of individuals, with different food and drink on offer.
Jugs, carafes and silver platters are strewn around this untidy display. Chardin was a master of still life painting, spending hours and hours perfecting his craft in the early stages of his career. He would amend his work over and over again in order to get the arrangement just as he wished. We have seen from research into the various layers of his paintings that he was amongst the most thorough artists in history, which meant that his output was severely restricted down to around just three or four paintings a year. After The Buffet he perhaps started to understand that complex compositions such as this were a little too ambitious, considering the style in which he worked and he would soon start to crop his scenes down to just the table tops themselves in order to limit the amount of adjustments that would need to be made.
In creating many of his artworks at home, we will see many of these items time and time again in other paintings. The pewter jug, for example, is one of his more popular choices. There are also two bowls which were documented as being Chinese, though we are unsure whether that refers to their origin or their own style. Because of his role in French academic exhbitions, we do have more documentation about his career from this point onwards. Even though they were created several years apart, Chardin chose to display The Ray and The Buffet together, perhaps suggesting that he considered them to be his finest artworks available during that period. He would have spent time considering what to submit to the Royal Academy, as acceptance into it would be a game-changer with regards his career development.