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Jacob Marrel
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A NICHE WITH CHERRIES, INSECTS AND A CATERPILLAR
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LOT SOLD. 334,000 USD
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Jacob Marrel
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A NICHE WITH CHERRIES, INSECTS AND A CATERPILLAR
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 334,000 USD
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Jacob Marrel
FRANKENTHAL 1613/14 - 1681 FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A NICHE WITH CHERRIES, INSECTS AND A CATERPILLAR
signed at the corner of the niche, lower right: J. Marrel
oil on copper
7 1/8  by 5 1/4  in.; 18.2 by 13.3 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 December 1979, lot 17;
David Koetser, 1985.

Exhibited

New Orleans 1997, no. 29;
Baltimore 1999, no. 27.

Literature

New Orleans 1997, pp. 71-73, cat. no 29, reproduced p. 72;
Baltimore 1999, pp. 65-67, reproduced p. 65 and 67 (detail);
G. Bott, Ein Stück von allerlei Blumenwerk, ein stück von Früchten, zwei Stück auf Tuch mit Hecht: die Stillebenmaler Soreau, Binoit, Codino und Marrell in Hanau und Frankfurt 1600-1650, Hanau 2001, p. 231, cat. no. 25.

Catalogue Note

Beautifully painted on an intimate scale, this still life exemplifies Marrel’s skill as a naturalistic painter.  On the ledge, Marrel has included the characteristic morello cherries which Sam Segal interprets as a reference to the artist’s name, serving as a form of signature.1  While the symmetrical composition set within a stone niche is typical of the artist, the scale of this work and the choice of copper support are rare in Marrel’s oeuvre.2   The bouquet is contained in a Dutch roemer and comprises some fifteen varieties of flower, from the humble forget-me-not draped on the ledge to the resplendent flame tulip crowning the composition.  The blooms are arranged in elegant disarray within a stone niche, in a manner reminiscent of Ambrosius Bosschart the Elder and Roelant Savery, by whom the artist was undoubtedly influenced.  

We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution following firsthand inspection.      

1.  S. Segal, Flowers and Nature: Netherlandish Flower Paintings of Four Centuries, exhibition catalogue, The Hague 1990, under cat. no. 195.
2.  New Orleans 1997, under Literature, p. 71.

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