Lot 5
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Balthasar van der Ast

250,000 - 350,000 GBP
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  • Balthasar van der Ast
  • Still life of variegated tulips in a ceramic vase, with a wasp, a dragonfly, a butterfly and a lizard
  • signed and dated lower right: . B . VandeR . ast. 1625
  • oil on oak panel


Private collection, Belgium, since circa 1900, from where recently acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

This unrecorded still life by Van der Ast, signed and dated 1625, is a characteristic work from the mid-1620s and displays many of the artist's topoi. The charming half-turned lizard finds its place in many of Van der Ast's flower still lifes, as does the porcelain vase and fly lower left. The lizard turning to the left – whose nails can be seen curling over the signature – and the butterfly recur in a signed and dated work, also from 1625, sold in these Rooms, 12 July 2001, lot 41. The same tulip which extends vertically at the upper centre of the design, with one petal falling to the right, is found in the artist's still life from the same year in the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Schloss Georgium, Dessau, (inv. no. 425).

We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer of the RKD in The Hague for endorsing the attribution following first-hand inspection.