Jakob Bogdány | A STILL LIFE OF MELONS, APPLES, PEACHES, PLUMS, FIGS, GRAPES, AND VINES ON A STONE LEDGE WITH A JAY AND PARROT
CIRCA 1660 – 1724
A STILL LIFE OF MELONS, APPLES, PEACHES, PLUMS, FIGS, GRAPES, AND VINES ON A STONE LEDGE WITH A JAY AND PARROT
signed J. Bogdany (lower right)
oil on canvas
29 by 30 1/4 in.
73.7 by 76.3 cm
We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for confirming the attribution of the present lot after first hand inspection.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is restored and should be hung in its current state. The condition of the paint layer is beautiful. The canvas has an old glue lining. No retouches are visible to the naked eye or under ultraviolet light except for a spot or two in the lower center beneath the leaves. There are a few small retouches above the bird in the dark background, but even this area seems to be mostly unretouched. The work should be hung as is.
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Born in Northern Hungary (modern day Slovakia), Bogdány moved to London in 1688 where his vivid still life and bird paintings were coveted by the aristocracy. Queen Mary and Queen Anne were among his clientele, and it was through Queen Anne that Bogdány met Admiral George Churchill (1654-1710), the younger brother of John, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Churchill had created an aviary full of unusual birds at Windsor, which perhaps inspired Bogdány's fascination with accurately depicting birds. Most of the paintings Churchill acquired were later given to Queen Anne and currently remain in the Royal Collection.
Unlike most of his paintings, which tend to be crowded with birds, this work achieves an elegant balance between colorful fruits and lively birds. It is likely that Bogdány made this still life during the summer, since his compositions were inspired by what he saw. Meanwhile, the inclusion of red-lored amazon (Amazona autumnalis) and Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) could have been based on birds he saw at Churchill's aviary.