PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Although we cannot know for certain of their original function, these tiny coppers most probably originally formed part of a series of plates for a small cabinet, in which a collector would have kept his natural specimens as well as other curiosities in small drawers. Unfortunately over time most of these sets were split up, but surviving examples, such as that sold in these Rooms, 11 March 1964, lot 66 (see fig.1) indicate that the smaller panels formed a border around a larger central panel. Another complete set, for example, painted in 1658, and last recorded with the Hallsborough Gallery in London in 1956, included sixteen panels of similar size to the present pair of 14.3 x 19 cms around a central panel of 38.7 by 53 cm.3
1. See also the set of panels of 1653 sold in these Rooms 3 July, 1997, lots 12-14, for £220,000, £215,000 and £200,000 respectively.
2. F.G. Meijer, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Catalogue of the the collection of paintings. The Collection of Dutch and Flemish Still-life paintings bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, Zwolle 2003, pp. 228-231.
3. Meijer, op. cit., p. 229, reproduced fig. 41.1, and in colour in The Connoisseur, vol. CXXXVII (1956), no. 553, pp. 198-99.
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