Please note that Dieter Koepplin has informed us that he does not believe that Lucas Cranach the Elder was himself responsible for the execution of this painting. The saleroom estimate has been revised and is now £400,000-600,000.
Provenance: Probably Mr. Slingelandt, Amsterdam or The Hague circa 1730; With Asscher, Koetser & Welker, London. Literature: Probably J. Van Gool, De nieuwe schouwburg der Nederlantsche kunstschilders en schilderessen, The Hague 1751, p. 92; Ch. J.A. Wansink, ' Een kamer in het rond' van Jacques Ignatius de Roore (1686-1747), in Oud Holland 110, no. 2 1996, p. 92, note 11.
We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer of the RKD for pointing out that this is probably one of five canvases by Hondecoeter listed by Van Gool as in the collection of a Mr. Slingelandt. The pictures were hung in his "rontom" and were adapted or enlarged by the painter Jacques Ignatius Roore (Antwerp 1686-1747 The Hague) to fit this location. The other four paintings in this set include Peacocks in a Parkland setting, sold New York, Sotheby's, 11 January 1990, lot 48, a Landscapes with Goats and Birds with Galerie St. Lucas, Vienna in 1996, a Landscape with Exotic Birds, sold London, Christie's, 27 May 1938, lot 140 and a Landscape with the Spoils of the Hunt, in the collection of LeBoeuf de Montgermont and then sold Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 16-19 June, lot 193.
The cataloguing for this lot should read: bears signature centre right: E De. Wit-te.
We are grateful to Drs. Luuk Pijl for pointing out that this is not the painting cited under Faggin and Capelletti in the Literature stated in the catalogue. This refers to another copper sold London, Sotheby's 8 May 1974, lot 155.
This painting is displayed in an 18th Century Italian carved and gilded 'Salvator Rosa' frame of a cavetto section with acanthus leaf and shield sight moulding. The frame is kindly on loan from Arnold Wiggins & Sons. Should you wish to purchase it, please contact the department.
This painting is displayed in a late 18th Century neo- classical egg & dart moulding gilt frame. The frame is kindly on loan from Paul Mitchell. Should you wish to purchase it, please contact the department.
The frame for this lot is available upon request - please contact the Early British Paintings department.