JAKOB BOGDÁNY | STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A VASE
Property from a Private Collection
(Eperjes circa 1660 - 1724 London)
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A VASE
signed lower right: JBogdane F.
oil on canvas
30 by 25 in.; 76.2 by 63.5 cm.
The canvas is tightly lined. The image reads well, though the paint has slightly thinned in some areas, possibly from the aforementioned lining, for example: on the space below the white flower at center. A small dot of loss that is less than an inch big is in the upper left corner. Above the red flower at center left, there is a slight elevation to the paint surface though this is stable and not distracting. Two thin scratches are at upper right: one runs from the top edge vertically for 5 inches, while the other runs vertically for 2 inches. There are some minor frame abrasions along the upper edge. Inspection under UV reveals an uneven varnish. A circular spot fluoresces in the background at bottom right. Scattered lines of retouching are visible in the space outlining the flowers. The flora has been strengthened here and there, like on the bottom-most white flower. Painting can hang as is. Offered in an ebonized wood frame.
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Born in Northern Hungary, Bogdány moved to London in 1688 where his vivid still life paintings were popular among the aristocracy and commissioned by prominent individuals such as Queen Mary and Queen Anne. We are grateful to Dr. Fred Meijer for endorsing the attribution to Jakob Bogdány on the basis of photographs. He suggests that this painting was executed late in the artist's career, probably after 1700.