Willem van Aelst
- Willem van Aelst
a still life with tulips and other flowers in a vase on a marble ledge, with a lizard and a butterfly
oil on oak panel
- 45.7 by 32.1 cm.; 18 by 12 5/8 in.
Earl of Drogheda (according to an inscription on the reverse);
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Christie's, 27 June 1969, lot 92 (as Rachel Ruysch and as one of a pair, with the following lot).
Leamington Spa, Leamington Spa Art Gallery, Art Treasures of Warwickshire Exhibition, 29 May - 3 July 1948 (as Rachel Ruysch).
Both this and the following lot display strong similarities and similar dimensions to a work by Van Aelst sold in London, Christie's, 25 April 2008, lot 27, which has since been cleaned to reveal a signature and the date 1651/2. It is possible that together these works formed part of a series, created whilst Van Aelst was working in Florence as court painter to Ferdinando II de' Medici between 1649 and 1656.
We are grateful to Drs. Fred G. Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.