Albert Mérat. Le Petit Salon 1877. Paris, 1877, p. 22 [possibly this picture].
"La XIe biennale internationale des antiquaires at the Grand Palais, Paris." Burlington Magazine 124 (September 1982), ill. p. v.
Charles S. Moffett in Manet, 1832–1883. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983, pp. 212, 217, ill. p. 213 [French ed., Paris, 1983], dates it about 1870 [the French catalogue incorrectly dates it about 1850].
Ronald de Leeuw. Philippe Rousseau, 1816–1887. Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam, 1993, pp. 55, 63, 69 no. 22, fig. 61 (color), cites Rousseau's signature within the address of the letter as an example of his idiosyncratic placement of signatures in his still lifes; remarks that this purchase was part of the international recurrence of interest in Rousseau.