JAN VAN OS | STILL LIFE OF VARIOUS FLOWERS ARRANGED IN A GLASS VASE WITH GOLDFISH, TWO BUTTERFLIES, AND OTHER INSECTS, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE
60,000 - 80,000 USD
60,000 - 80,000 USD
JAN VAN OS
1744 - 1808
STILL LIFE OF VARIOUS FLOWERS ARRANGED IN A GLASS VASE WITH GOLDFISH, TWO BUTTERFLIES, AND OTHER INSECTS, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE
signed J. Van Os fecit. (lower center)
oil on panel
14⅞ by 11¼ in.; 37.8 by 28.5 cm
Panel consists of a single board with all of its edges beveled. It is uncradled, flat, and stable. The flowers remain in beautiful condition and the image reads well. Dots of loss that are barely noticeable are along the edges, like in the top right corner, and likely caused by frame abrasions. Inspection under UV shows scattered retouching to the bottom ledge of the marble. Overall painting is in good condition and can hang as is. Offered framed.
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.
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Christie's New York, 18 January 1984, lot 1
Acquired at the above sale
Jan van Os was the leading Dutch still life painter in the second half of the eighteenth century. He studied with Aert Schouman in The Hague and was an independent master there by 1773. Though he also painted landscapes and seascapes, Van Os was famed for his opulent and minutely observed fruit and flower still lifes in the tradition of his countryman Jan van Huysum (1682–1749).
In the present example, van Os has characteristically set his still life on a stone ledge, beyond which can be seen as an architectural structure in a landscape. He has interestingly arranged a variety of flowers in a glass goldfish bowl, against which reflects the colors of the surrounding foliage. This goldfish bowl appears in other examples by the artist, including a still life in an English private collection1 and another still life recently sold at Sotheby's London.2
We are grateful to Dr. Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution to Jan van Os after first-hand inspection.
1. See P. Mitchell, Jan van Os, 1744–1808, Leigh-on-Sea 1968, p. 21, cat. no. 20, reproduced pl. 20.
2. Anonymous sale ('Property from a European Private Collection'), London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2017, lot 58 (sold for £100,000). Oil on oak panel, 38 by 31 cm, signed lower left.