PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN ESTATE
Rendered with meticulous detail and expert naturalism, this small yet compelling painting executes a notable level of realism. A slightly elevated vantage point invites the viewer to peer into a neatly curated, uncrowded arrangement. A sense of volume is achieved from the dusty pinks, soft whites and pale yellows of each main bloom, all intensified against the sparse, monochromatic background. The compositional symmetry is not demonstrated by a mirrored recurrence of similar flowers, but instead by the methodical and balanced placement of assorted flowers, which echo the roundness of the glass vase and the oval shaped panel on which the scene is painted. The cool stone, monogrammed AB along the lower edge, couples with the enlightened curves of the vessel to further heighten the activity of the moment, as if the fly on the left side of the ledge has just landed and is expected to take flight again soon. This painting once bore a date of 1629, or 1620, which has since been removed (see exhibition history).
This composition appears to have been a successful one for Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, as evidenced by other known variants, such as a rectangular oil on panel of slightly larger dimensions sold at Sotheby’s London, 9 December 2010, Lot 122.
We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution after first-hand inspection.
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