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Frans Snyders
A COCK FIGHT IN A POULTRY YARD
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8.00012.000
Los Verkauft 17,500 USD (Hammerpreis mit Käuferprovision)
ZU LOS SPRINGEN
10
Frans Snyders
A COCK FIGHT IN A POULTRY YARD
Schätzung
8.00012.000
Los Verkauft 17,500 USD (Hammerpreis mit Käuferprovision)
ZU LOS SPRINGEN

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Frans Snyders
ANTWERP 1579 - 1657
A COCK FIGHT IN A POULTRY YARD
Pen and brown ink and wash over traces of black chalk within partial brown ink framing lines;
bears inscription in pen and brown ink, lower left:  Snaider origïn
202 by 291 mm; 7 15/16  by 11 7/16  in
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This lively and animated sheet relates to Snyders' painting, Cock Fight in a Poultry Yard, c. 1630-50 in the Musée de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse (fig. 1).1  The drawing is extremely close to the final composition, with only minor differences, and Fred Meijer has kindly suggested that it may in fact be a ricordo rather than a preliminary design.  Stylistically, it is comparable to Snyders' pen and brown ink preparatory drawing, in the British Museum2, for a Cock Fight in a private collection.

A recurrent theme, the cock fight appears in a number of Snyders compositions and as Susan Koslow points out, the earliest we see its inclusion is in the Game Market in Chicago.3  From starting as a small element within a predominantly still-life painting it later becomes the main subject, in the Berlin Cock Fight of 1615.Koslow has analysed at some length the significance of Snyders' poultry yard scenes and their moral revelance in the 17th Century.5

1.  S. Koslow, Frans Snyders: The Noble Estate, Seventeenth-Century Still-life and Animal Painting in The Southern Netherlands, Antwerp 1995, p. 288, fig. 389
2.  Koslow, op.cit., p. 286, fig. 385
3.  Koslow, op.cit., p. 67, fig. 73
4.  Koslow, op.cit., p. 103, fig. 117
5.  Koslow, op. cit., chapter IX, Poultry Yards and Bird Concerts

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