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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Carstian Luyckx
A VANITAS STILL LIFE WITH A SKULL, A VIOLIN, A MUSICAL SCORE, A PIPE AND TOBACCO, AN HOURGLASS AND A CANDLE ON A DRAPED TABLE
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Carstian Luyckx
A VANITAS STILL LIFE WITH A SKULL, A VIOLIN, A MUSICAL SCORE, A PIPE AND TOBACCO, AN HOURGLASS AND A CANDLE ON A DRAPED TABLE
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Carstian Luyckx
ANTWERP 1623 - ? AFTER 1657
A VANITAS STILL LIFE WITH A SKULL, A VIOLIN, A MUSICAL SCORE, A PIPE AND TOBACCO, AN HOURGLASS AND A CANDLE ON A DRAPED TABLE
inscribed on the musical score:  Secunda pars. 4 voc. / ORLANDE / E miferum quate tandem re / ue fequanperte quondam mihi vi. ta place / cum moenibus. vrbes. Et populi laeteque
oil on canvas
65.1 by 54 cm.; 25 5/8  by 21 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Comtesse d'Origny;
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Lady of Title"), New York, Christie's, 29 January 1999, lot 93 (as Renard de Saint-André), where acquired by the present collector.

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Alfred Daber, Natures mortes françaises, 9 April - 6 May 1959, cat. no. 11 (as Renard de Saint-André).

Catalogue Note

Formerly attributed to Renard de Saint-André, this intriguing vanitas has recently been restored to the oeuvre of Carstian Luyckx by Fred G. Meijer of the R.K.D. The confusion in attribution is understandable: Saint-André was active in Paris, and Luyckx is thought to have moved to France in the 1650s. Paintings executed in the same spirit include a still life sold New York, Christie's, 23 May 2001, lot 11 in which the same deep red velvet cloth dominates the background.

Delicately draped off the edge of the table, the music, which appears fairly accurately transcribed, contains a single vocal part of a religious Latin choral composition, with the text specifically relating to death. The inscription on the musical score probably refers to the 16th-century composer Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594), and the style of printing is similar to works published in Venice and elsewhere in the middle of the sixteenth century.

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