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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Frans Ykens
A STILL LIFE OF ROSES, LILIES, TULIPS AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A VASE WITH A BUTTERFLY
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 GBP
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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Frans Ykens
A STILL LIFE OF ROSES, LILIES, TULIPS AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A VASE WITH A BUTTERFLY
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Masters Evening Sale

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Frans Ykens
ANTWERP 1601 - BEFORE 1693
A STILL LIFE OF ROSES, LILIES, TULIPS AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A VASE WITH A BUTTERFLY
signed lower left: Francisco. ykens fecit
oil on oak panel, single plank, the reverse indistinctly branded with a panel maker's mark and the brand of the city of Antwerp
83.4 x 60 cm.; 32 3/4  x 23 5/8  in.
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Provenance

In the collection of a family since the 1930s;

By whom (anonymously) sold, London, Sotheby's, 11 December 1996, lot 60, when acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Ykens was apprenticed to his uncle, Osias Beert, and became a Master in Antwerp in 1630. Few of his works are dated, but in what are presumed to be mature works such as this one, no trace of his formation under Beert remains, and his style is more reminiscent of artists active in the middle of the seventeenth century, such as Daniel Seghers.

This is one of his most beautiful paintings, combining a highly successful modelling of the blooms in depth and bulk, and an engaging softness in palette and brushwork, perhaps under the influence of Jan Fyt. Like some of his contemporaries, he altered the language of his signature, presumably according to the mother-tongue of his patron. Many of his paintings are signed Franchois Ykens, some Francois Ykens, while others, like the present one, are signed with the Spanish form of his first name, probably because they were destined for Spanish collectors. Other such works include a still life in the Haarlem tradition dated 1636 in Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten; a vase of flowers formerly in a Belgian private collection, dated 1644; and a large-scale work incorporating flowers, game, fruit and vegetables dated 1646 in the Prado, Madrid.  

A small still life of flowers in a pot is listed as no. 245 in Rubens' posthumous inventory, one of six works by the artist that he owned.

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