OTTO MARSEUS VAN SCHRIECK | Still life with flowers in a glass vase, on a marble ledge, with butterflies and moths
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
OTTO MARSEUS VAN SCHRIECK
Nijmegen 1619/20 (?) - 1678 Amsterdam
Still life with flowers in a glass vase, on a marble ledge, with butterflies and moths
signed lower right: Ottho/ Marseus. de S./ 1660
oil on canvas
60.7 x 49.7 cm.; 23⅞ x 19½ in.
The canvas has a very firm relining, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the opaque varnish beneath which it is difficult to discern previous restoration, but the canvas appears to be largely untouched save for some spot strengthenings in the butterflies, upon which real specimens were most likely originally adhered, in the top of the vase, and possibly in the background - particularly around the silhouettes of the blooms and butterflies. In overall good condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame with some losses.
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Anonymous sale, Berlin, Leo Spik, 9 November 1950, lot 273;
With F. Enneking, Amsterdam, 1955;
Anonymous sale, Laren, Christie’s, 24 March 1980, lot 436A, when acquired.
Rotterdam 2008, no. 81;
Schwerin, Staatliches Museum, 7 July – 15 October 2017; Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 5 November 2017 – 11 March 2018, Medusa's Menagerie. Otto Marseus van Schrieck and the scholars, unnumbered.
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L.J. Bol, "Geode Onbekenden" Hedendaagse herkenning en waardering van verscholen, vorbijggezein en onderschat talent, Utrecht 1982, p. 98, reproduced fig. 3;
E. Gemar-Költzch, Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, vol. III, Lingen 1995, p. 924, cat. no. 362/2, reproduced;
S. Steensma, Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Leben und Werk, Hildesheim 1999, p. 103, cat. no. A1.5, reproduced p. 265, fig. 5;
Raupp 2004, pp. 170–73, cat. no. 35, reproduced in colour;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 90, cat. no. 81, reproduced in colour;
G. Seelig, Medusa's Menagerie. Otto Marseus van Schrieck and the Scholars, exh. cat., Munich 2017, p. 60, reproduced in colour p. 61, fig. 43.
The earliest known works by van Schrieck are still lifes of flowers such as the present painting. Despite it being a subject he would embrace until the last decade of his life, there are far fewer of them than his forest floor still lifes, and they rarely appear on the art market. The present painting was in all probability painted in Italy, and dates to the same year as the artist's forest floor still life with the same blue morning glories today in the Staatliches Museum, Schwerin (inv. no. G154).(1)
1 Seelig 2017, reproduced in colour p. 191, fig. 153.