View 1 of Lot 125. BALTHASAR VAN DER AST |  STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE.
View 1 of Lot 125. BALTHASAR VAN DER AST |  STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE.
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BALTHASAR VAN DER AST | STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

BALTHASAR VAN DER AST | STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE

BALTHASAR VAN DER AST | STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

150,000

GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

BALTHASAR VAN DER AST

Middelburg 1593/94 - 1657 Delft

STILL LIFE WITH A CARNATION AND A CROCUS, TWO SHELLS, AND A DRAGONFLY, SPIDER AND FLIES, ALL ON A STONE LEDGE


signed lower centre: ·B· van der. Ast·

oil on copper

unframed: 10.2 x 17 cm.; 4 x 6¾ in.

framed: 18.5 x 25.5 cm.; 7¼ x 10 in.


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Small-scale still lifes of informal and modest arrangements of flowers sparsely arranged with shells and insects are among Van der Ast's most appealing works. Comparable signed and undated still lifes of flowers and shells pictured on a ledge, of similar dimensions, include the paintings on copper formerly with Koetser,1 and on display in the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft (inv. no. NK 2709).2 A painting of almost identical description, dated 1636, was last recorded in the collection of Jonkheer H. van Rijckevorsel van Kessel, St. Oedenrode, in 1935.3 


We are grateful to Dr Fred G. Meijer for his enthusiastic response to the present work, and for suggesting it might also date to around 1636, on the basis of a digital image.


1 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/119966

2 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/7336

3 See L.J. Bol, The Bosschaert Dynasty. Painters of flowers and fruit, Leigh-on-Sea 1960, p. 75, cat. no. 44.