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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Willem van Leen
Dordrecht 1753 - 1825 Delfshaven
AN ELABORATE STILL LIFE WITH LILIES, TULIPS, ROSES, MORNING GLORY, AURICULA, HYACINTHS, AN IMPERIAL CROWN AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A TERRACOTTA VASE, TOGETHER WITH GRAPES, A PINEAPPLE, A PEACH, AN APPLE, AND A MELON, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE WITH TWO FINCHES EATING A POMEGRANATE, SET IN A STONE NICHE
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 48,000 EUR
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103

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Willem van Leen
Dordrecht 1753 - 1825 Delfshaven
AN ELABORATE STILL LIFE WITH LILIES, TULIPS, ROSES, MORNING GLORY, AURICULA, HYACINTHS, AN IMPERIAL CROWN AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A TERRACOTTA VASE, TOGETHER WITH GRAPES, A PINEAPPLE, A PEACH, AN APPLE, AND A MELON, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE WITH TWO FINCHES EATING A POMEGRANATE, SET IN A STONE NICHE
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 48,000 EUR
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Willem van Leen
Dordrecht 1753 - 1825 Delfshaven
DORDRECHT 1753 - 1825 DELFSHAVEN
AN ELABORATE STILL LIFE WITH LILIES, TULIPS, ROSES, MORNING GLORY, AURICULA, HYACINTHS, AN IMPERIAL CROWN AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A TERRACOTTA VASE, TOGETHER WITH GRAPES, A PINEAPPLE, A PEACH, AN APPLE, AND A MELON, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE WITH TWO FINCHES EATING A POMEGRANATE, SET IN A STONE NICHE
signed and dated lower left: VAN LEEN. Fct 1801.
oil on canvas, with rounded top
207.5 by 86.8 cm.
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Provenance

Private collection, The Hague (according to an inscription on the reverse in white chalk);
Anonymous sale, Laren, Christie's, 23 March 1976, lot 154.

Catalogue Note

Willem van Leen was born in Dordrecht in 1753 and after his initial apprenticeship with three local teachers, he went to Paris for the first time in 1773 to study with Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822). Van Leen worked alternately in Holland and Paris but left the French capital at the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789. He settled in Delfshaven where he was also active as an art dealer and an auctioneer. In that time he acquired a number of pupils, such as Gerrit Jan van Leeuwen (1756-1825).  This painting, a highly characteristic work of his maturity,  was thus executed some time after his return from Paris.

Van Leen specialized in depicting flower and fruit pieces, in paintings, watercolours and black-chalk drawings, and he also decorated French snuff-boxes with flowers. Dated work by the artist is known from 1785 to 1821. Van Leen's oeuvre is distinguished by a softness of touch, quite different from the precision and accurateness found in the work of Gerard van Spaendonck.

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