Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
BALTHASAR HUYS | Still life with hens, a duck, gherkins, fruits, and a cabbage, all on a wooden table
Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Mechelen before 1608 - 1652 Rotterdam
STILL LIFE WITH HENS, A DUCK, GHERKINS, FRUITS, AND A CABBAGE, ALL ON A WOODEN TABLE
signed with monogram and dated lower right: B.H. 1650.
oil on oak panel
unframed: 58.5 x 83.4 cm.; 23⅛ x 32¾ in.
framed: 78.5 x 103.6 cm.; 31⅛ x 40¾ in.
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The panel is uncradled with a horizontal join through the centre. It is slightly bowed at the upper and lower margins. Discoloured retouching is visible along this join. The paint surface is otherwise relatively clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under UV reveals relatively little retouching. Below the fine line across the panel join, there is a slightly thicker line of retouching approximately 10 cm long in the vine leaf centre left below the pigeon's wing. Other concentrated areas of retouching are in the dark feathers in the neck of the black chicken and to an area in the table just left of centre on the lower margin measuring 2 by 7 cm. There are other very small sparsely scattered retouchings in the background and in the tail feathers of the white chicken. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Private collection, Sweden (according to a label on the reverse);
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 5 July 1933, lot 28 (as Monogrammist BH);
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 7 November 2000, lot 195, where acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 47.
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E. Gemar-Költzsch et al, Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, Lingen 1995, vol. III, p. 685, cat. no. 247/1, reproduced (as Monogrammist BH and erroneously as oil on canvas);
A. van der Willigen and F. Meijer, A dictionary of Dutch and Flemish still-life painters working in oils: 1525-1725, Leiden 2003, p. 115;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 146-49, cat. no. 29, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 67, cat. no. 47, reproduced in colour.
Balthasar Huys, formerly known as the monogrammist BH, trained under Jean Baptiste Saive in Mechelen, where he became a master of the artist's guild in 1619. He likely executed the present panel, dated 1650, while he was in Rotterdam, where he was active throughout much of his late career. A vine tendril in the shape of a B is an interesting detail visible, centre left.
1 A comparable composition by Huys, dated 1644 of smaller dimensions, was sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 6 November 2001, lot 77.
2 Oil on panel, 32.7 by 59 cm, formerly in the collection of H.R. van der Molen.