Lot 133
  • 133

GEORG FLEGEL Still life with birds, fruit and nuts

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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Description

  • Georg Flegel
  • Still life with birds, fruit and nuts
  • oil on canvas
  • 48 x 56.7 cm.; 18 7/8  x 22 3/8  in.

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Glerum, 9 November 1998, lot 92 (as Follower of Flegel);
With Galerie Neuse, Bremen, March 1999;
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 7 April 2006, lot 181 (as Flegel);
Where acquired by the late owner.

Exhibited

Frankfurt-am-Main, Städel Museum, 20 March – 17 August 2008; Basel, Kunstmuseum, 5 September 2008 – 4 January 2009, The Magic of Things, no. 33.

Literature

A.-D. Ketelsen-Volkhardt, Georg Flegel 1566–1638, Munich and Berlin 2003, pp. 28, 65, 100 and 186–87, cat. no. 11, reproduced fig. 61 (as Flegel);
B. Brinkmann, in The Magic of Things, J. Sander (ed.), exh. cat., Frankfurt 2008, pp. 120–21, cat. no. 33, reproduced (as Flegel).

Catalogue Note

For a long time Georg Flegel was regarded exclusively as a painter of still lifes of food and laid tables. His flower still lifes became known only after World War II, and it is only recently that two even more idiosyncratic paintings, combining dead and living birds with fruit, vegetables, and other foods have been discovered, one of which is the present work, the other the painting sold in these Rooms, 4 July 1990, lot 15, for £335,500, now in the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (fig. 1).

1 Inv. no. 3095; see H. Seifertová, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig: Georg Flegel, Vögel, 1637, Leipzig 2000, p. 8, reproduced in colour fig. 1.

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