The combination of black carafe with silver goblet was repeated several times during this period, with the arrangement being adjusted each time. Chardin would append different varieties of fruit to each composition, generally choosing types that could add a touch of bright colour to his otherwise subtle scenes. In this example, the artist adds peaches, apples and cherries in an arrangement which is designed to look entirely natural and random. In reality, he would spend hours tinkering with the different objects, trying to find the right balance across the scene so that it was not too busy, and that there was a balance across the painting both vertically and also horizontally. Silver was a popular material at the time for kitchenware and it also provided the painter with an opportunity to reflect light around the painting.
He could also demonstrate his understanding of reflections in the silver items themselves, with a peach found on the surface of the goblet in this piece. At this stage of his career he would not concern himself with advanced ideas of perspective and would deliberately keep the background elements simple and unobtrusive. We find the wall behind and the surface below to be both dark and also without any major detail. The light is minimal, but creeps in from the left hand side, as signified by the direction on which it lands on the carafe, the silver goblet and also the bright green apple on the right hand side. Those touches of white paint to create this illusion are relatively strong and stand out very clearly.
He continues this approach on the rounded tops of the cherries as well, though with smaller touches of colour because of the relative size of those items of fruit. All in all, this is a fine addition to the early period of Chardin's development and is a well respected piece within the French art collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. It represents well the style with which this artist's career is so well known and even uses some of the objects that were then re-used in other still life compositions of this same period. Chardin developed throughout his career and this genre remained until his final decade, meaning we can learn a lot by comparing these pieces from one decade to the next.