Lot 130
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JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER | Still life of roses and other flowers in a bowl and a vase, on a ledge

70,000 - 90,000 USD
118,750 USD
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  • Still life of roses and other flowers in a bowl and a vase, on a ledge
  • oil on copper


Private collection, France.

Catalogue Note

This small painting on copper, its scale exceptionally rare within Jan Brueghel the Elder's œuvre, combines motifs found in two other works, both datable to circa 1617, by the artist: the left half of the design, with the flowers on the table and in the bowl, repeats the composition in the Museo del Prado, Madrid;1 the right half, with the blooms in the vase, is found in a painting most recently offered New York, Christie's, 6 June 2012, lot 92, in which it is placed beside a wreath.2 In the dexterity and confidence of the handling on this miniature scale, the present work shares much in common with the tiny oval copper Still Life formerly in the Weldon Collection, New York, datable to circa 1610.3  Dr. Fred G. Meijer, to whom we are grateful for endorsing the attribution to Jan Brueghel the Elder, dates the present work to circa 1618, and suggests that it may have been produced as a gift for a patron or a friend. The existence of a larger, later version of the composition, most likely from the Brueghel Studio, however, suggests that either this painting itself, or at least the design, was retained in the vicinity of the studio for at least some years.4

1 See K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel der Ältere (1568-1625). Kritischer Katalog der Gemälde, Lingen 2008-10, vol. III, p. 961, cat. no. 454, reproduced in color p. 962.
2 See Ertz 2008-10, vol. III, p. 973, cat. no. 459, reproduced in color p. 974.
3 See Ertz 2008-10, vol. III, p. 900, cat. no. 425, reproduced in color p. 901.
4 Formerly with Galerie de Jonckheere, Paris and Brussels.