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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Jan Baptist van Fornenburgh
STILL LIFE WITH A PARROT TULIP, A PINK ROSE, A MOUSE, A LIZARD AND A BEE ON A STONE PEDESTAL, WITH A RED ADMIRAL AND A SPIDER ON ITS WEB ABOVE
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Jan Baptist van Fornenburgh
STILL LIFE WITH A PARROT TULIP, A PINK ROSE, A MOUSE, A LIZARD AND A BEE ON A STONE PEDESTAL, WITH A RED ADMIRAL AND A SPIDER ON ITS WEB ABOVE
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale

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Jan Baptist van Fornenburgh
ACTIVE IN THE HAGUE CIRCA 1585/95 - 1648/9
STILL LIFE WITH A PARROT TULIP, A PINK ROSE, A MOUSE, A LIZARD AND A BEE ON A STONE PEDESTAL, WITH A RED ADMIRAL AND A SPIDER ON ITS WEB ABOVE
signed with initials lower centre: IB.F.
oil on oak panel
36 by 29 cm.; 14 1/4 by 11 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Christie's, 14 December 1990, lot 86, for £82,500, when bought by the present owner.

Literature

L.J. Bol, Holländische Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts nahe den grossen Meistern, Braunschweig 1969, pp. 46-7, reproduced p. 48, fig. 40 (as whereabouts unknown).

Catalogue Note

Laurens Bol (see Literature) saw an almost puritanical simplicity in this intimate still life, composed on a diagonal, which he viewed as prefiguring Adriaen Coorte's similarly composed still lifes of fifty or more years later.  In fact, Fornenburgh's still lifes including this one, reflect the influence of his townsman Jacques de Gheyn.

For a related composition, in which the butterfly, the lizard and the mouse recur, the latter two in reverse, see P. Gammelbo, Dutch Still-Life Painting from the 16th to the 18th Centuries in Danish Collections, 1960, pp. 34-5, no. 33, reproduced.  The same rose recurs in another simple Fornenburgh composition with a lizard and a tulip aranged on a stone ledge set on a diagonal in a painting formerly with Cramer, The Hague.1


1.  See L.J. Bol, Goede Onbekenden, Utrecht 1982, p. 88, reproduced p. 89, fig. 5.

Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale

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