JAN BAPTIST BOSSCHAERT | A STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A GILT VASE WITH A PARROT NEARBY, ALL ATOP A STONE LEDGE
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
JAN BAPTIST BOSSCHAERT
(Antwerp 1667 - 1746)
A STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN A GILT VASE WITH A PARROT NEARBY, ALL ATOP A STONE LEDGE
signed lower right: Bosschaert
oil on canvas
46¼ by 40⅛ in.; 117.5 by 101.9 cm.
The canvas has been wax lined. It is stable on its stretcher, and the painting presents a large and decorative image. There are patches on the reverse of the canvas that correspond to old tears and repairs in the canvas. While there are a number of small and scattered patches visible on the reverse, the two most prominent can be found at the upper center, corresponding to an old repaired tear, and at the center of the lower edge. One of the smaller repairs corresponds to an area of retouching in the background near the upper right of the bouquet. There is some thinness throughout due to the aforementioned wax lining, most visible in the areas surrounding the flowers and in the architectural details at lower center. It appears that there has been some broad retouching to some of the background, as visible, for example, to the lower right of the urn. Inspection under UV is impeded by a thick varnish that fluoresces unevenly. There are some scattered spots in the varnish that fluoresce in the lower right and upper right corners. Offered in a simply carved giltwood frame with a carved decorative border.
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The Estate of Carter Brown;
The London Shop Antiques, Baltimore.
Jan Baptist Bosschaert trained under the flower painter Jean Baptiste de Crépu in Antwerp, and he became a master in the guild of that city in 1703. The present work is entirely characteristic of his later output after circa 1710, and it can be very closely compared, in composition and handling, to a flower still life recorded in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore in 1972 . We are grateful to Fred Meijer for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.
1. Oil on canvas, 118.7 by 102.2 cm, signed lower right.