PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Private collection, England.
A still life recorded in an English private collection of a more ostentatious compositional arrangement of flowers with shells and a bird's nest at the base, and topped with a pineapple, features a similar glass bowl with two goldfish.1 The chickadee perched at the top of the arrangement appears in the same pose with its head down in a number of other works by the artist, including the Flowers and Fruit in the Brocklehurst collection, Jersey,2 and in a still life by Van Os sold at Sotheby's, New York, 9 June 2011, lot 14. The tiny white mouse with glinting pink eyes, perched high up on the grapes, however, is a rather more unusual character throughout the œuvre of Jan Van Os.
1. Mitchell 1968, p. 21, cat. no. 20, reproduced pl. 20.
2. Mitchell 1968, p. 19, cat. no. 9, reproduced pl. 9.
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