Cornelis Jansz. de Heem (Leiden Bapt 1631 - 1695 Antwerpt), A still life with roses, daffodils, bluebells and other flowers on a stone ledge with an orange, blackberries and two butterflies.photo Sotheby's
oil on canvas; 49 by 39.5 cm.; 19 1/4 by 15 1/2 in., signed lower left: C DE HEEM f. Estimate 40,000—60,000 GBP. Lot Sold. 63,650 GBP
PROVENANCE: Anonymous Sale, London, Christie's, 6 July 1990, lot 91;
Private Collection, Southern Germany;
Anonymous Sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 7 October 1998, lot 52, when acquired by the present owners.
NOTE: The attribution to Cornelis de Heem has been endorsed by Walther Bernt (certificate of January 1977) and more recently by Fred G. Meijer of the RKD, the Hague. The latter describes this as '...a good and characteristic example of Cornelis de Heem' and has suggested a dating in the 1660s or 1670s (communication dated 12 May 1998).
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger (Arnemuiden 1609 - 1645 Utrecht), A still life with tulips, roses, marigolds and other flowers in a glass vase with a ladybird and a caterpillar, all on a ledge. photo Sotheby's
oil on oak panel; 34.2 by 24 cm.; 13 1/2 by 9 1/2 in. Estimate 30,000—40,000 GBP. Lot Sold 51,650 GBP
NOTE: Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger's early style was heavily influenced by the paintings of his father Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, the first artist to specialise in flower painting. It was only in the last century that their oeuvre was definitively separated.
The high viewpoint is a recurring element in his early work. A similar but earlier panel from 1627 sold in these Rooms shows the artist finding his independence and moving away from his father's style with a less crowded composition.1 Another panel, smaller in size but similar in design, was with the Engel Gallery, London in 1967.2 That work is dated 1632 and provides a useful comparison for the dating of the present work. The artist uses the same vase with a similar reflection of the window and has arranged the flowers in an equally asymmetrical fashion, including the careful placing of a petal to the left of the vase.
We are grateful to Drs. Fred G. Meijer of the R.K.D. for endorsing the attribution to Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger after first-hand inspection and for dating the work to the early 1630s.
1. Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 July 2008, lot 155, for £70,000.
2. R.K.D. no. 122900.
Osias Beert the Elder (Antwerpt (?) circa 1580 (?) - 1624), A still life with strawberries, pears and peaches in two porcelain bowls on a table with a wineglass and butterflies. photo Sotheby's
oil on panel; 28.2 by 53.5 cm.; 11 by 21 in. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 37,250 GBP
NOTE: We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer of the R.K.D for confirming the attribution to Beert following first hand examination of the original.
Antwerp School, 17th Century, A Still Life with a bowl of strawberries on a ledge. photo Sotheby's
oil on panel, 17.6 by 23.8 cm.; 6 7/8 by 9 3/8 in.. Estimate 12,000—15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 21,250 GBP
Follower of Willem Claesz. Heda, A monochrome still life with a silver-gilt goblet, an overturned silver tazza, a pewter flagon, glasses and a salt cellar, with a crab, oysters, nuts, a knife and a peeled lemon on a table draped with a white cloth. photo Sotheby's
oil on canvas; 80.5 by 101 cm.; 31 3/4 by 39 3/4 in. Estimate 10,000—15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 20,000 GBP
PROVENANCE: Anonymous Sale, London, Christie's, 1st March 1991, lot 132, for £24,000 (as Gerrit Willemsz. Heda).
Juriaan van Streek (Amsterdam (?) 1632 - 1687 Amsterdam), A Still life with oysters, peaches and a lemon on a marble table with a fringed carpet and glasses. photo Sotheby's
oil on panel, signed lower right: J.v Streek, 43 by 29.4 cm.; 17 by 11 1/2 in.. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP. Lot Sold 20,000 GBP
PROVENANCE: With Galerie Internationale, The Hague, 1930.
Juriaan van Streek (Amsterdam (?) 1632 - 1687 Amsterdam), A Still Life of an orange, a lemon and two peaches in a wan-li porcelain bowl on a table with a fringed carpet and a nautilus cup. photo Sotheby's
oil on canvas; 47 by 37.5 cm.; 18 1/2 by 14 3/4 in. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP. Lot Sold 15,000 GBP
PROVENANCE; Anonymous Sale, Berlin, Lepke, 20 March 1900, lot 10776;
Anonymous Sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 20 March 2000, lot 147.
NOTE: We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution to Jurian van Streeck following inspection of the original.
Joris van Son (Antwerpt 1623 - 1667), Grapes and other fruits and maize surrounding a stone cartouche with a sculpted head. photo Sotheby's
oil on canvas, cut at the top; 51.1 by 65.3 cm.; 20 1/8 by 25 7/8 in. signed and indistinctly dated lower centre, on the ledge: VAN SON f/ 16.. Estimate 12,000—18,000 GBP. Lot Sold 12,500 GBP
PROVENANCE: Anonymous sale, London, Christie's 13 July 1945, lot 89;
Captain E.G. Spencer-Churchill, Northwick Park, Blockley, Gloucestershire;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 29 October 1965, lot 59;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 3 July 1985, lot 67 (with the incorrect illustration);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 7 December 2005, lot 137, where acquired by the present owner.
Floris van Schooten (Haarlem (?) CIRCA 1590 - 1656 Haarlem), Still life with grapes, Loganberries, plums, an apple and a glass together on a table. photo Sotheby's
oil on panel, signed with intitials lower centre on the peach: FV.S; 38 by 54.5 cm.; 15 by 21 1/2 in. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP. Lot Sold 10,000 GBP
PROVENANCE: Anonymous sale ("Property from a Private Collection"), Olympia, Sotheby's, 5 July 2005, lot 419.
NOTE: At the time of the 2005 sale Fred Meijer confirmed the attribution to van Schooten. At that time the painting included a wine glass to the right of the composition which was a much later addition, and this has since been removed thus restoring the painting to its original appearance.
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