Soreau was born near Frankfurt. He may have spent some time in Antwerp as his work seems to depend on the example of the Antwerp artist, Jacob van Hulsdonck and as two of his works are painted on Antwerp panels. He occasionally repeated a composition and often reuses the same objects in a new arrangement. The larger bowl and the basket of fruit in this painting reappear in works in the Hamburger Kunsthalle and in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.
image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford