"Painted in fall of 1944 or 5. A window picture of the little S.E. window back of my easel. Apple time with apples showing in the orchard outside, apples on the shelf, and the brass and marble lamp against the curtain to the right, the lamp painted in masterly form."
Below is an image of a handwritten letter from RSW to buyer Mr. Herbert B. Newton. Highlighted in the letter, RSW comments on his own ability to paint lamps and apples in comparison to two other artist Paul CÚzanne and John Singer Sargent.
To the Right, is a picture of the lamp that is in When Apples are Ripe as it looks today. Below, are images of both Cezanne and Sargent's work mentioned in RSW's letter (above). The first are apples painted by Paul Cezanne in Still Life with Apples (1883-1887). The next is John Singer Sargent's Dinner Table at Night as an example of lamp's painted by the artist.