AMBROSIUS BOSSCHAERT THE ELDER | STILL LIFE OF FOUR TULIPS IN A WAN-LI PORCELAIN VASE
The Property of a Family
AMBROSIUS BOSSCHAERT THE ELDER
Antwerp 1573 - 1621 The Hague
STILL LIFE OF FOUR TULIPS IN A WAN-LI PORCELAIN VASE
oil on copper
22.5 by 16.5 cm.; 8¾ by 6½ in.
The painting has been recently cleaned and restored and presents beautifully. The copper panel is flat. The flowers themselves are almost completely untouched and have survived in very good condition. The same is true of the vase, other than a small loss right of centre. The blue of vegetation of the vase has oxidised and assumed a greener appearance.
The background has suffered several losses and subsequent retouchings and restoration and these scattered losses extended into the table top, with one on the lower part of the snail. The recent restoration has however sensitively restored the painting to very close to its original appearance.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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With P. de Boer, Amsterdam
By whom sold in 1935 to J.T. Berkemeier, Managing Director of the Heineken Brewery, and a prominent art collector
Thence by descent in Holland, and from the early 1960s, Australia
L.J. Bol, Goede onbekenden, Utrecht 1982, p. 51, reproduced fig. 10 (as attributed to Hans van der Ast)
Amsterdam, P. de Boer, Bloemstukken van oude meesters, 1935, no. 22 (as Bosschaert)
Vienna, Galerie Sanct Lucas, Die jüngeren Brueghel und ihr Kreis, 1935, no. 21 (as Bosschaert)