By placing on the table some ephemeral objects without any identification of the person using them, Claesz is a painter of vanities. His themes are conventionally divided into three categories: ontbijtgens with breakfast artefacts, banketgens for a more lavish meal and toebaackjes with smoking accessories.
In these interior views, the artist reinforces the austerity by a strict application of the geometry of shadows and by a limited palette of mostly dull colors. This trend which was certainly pleasing Ampzing becomes more systematic in 1627. In the same city, Heda realizes similar compositions at the same time.
On September 23 in Zurich, Koller sells an oil on panel 50 x 75 cm painted by Claesz in 1627, lot 3046 estimated CHF 500K. This composition with a rather high density of objects is both an ontbijtgens and a toebaackjes. The herring cut into slices and the glass of beer are waiting for nearly four centuries their eventual consumer.