JAN MORTEL | A still life of corn, pomegranates, peaches, apricots, prunes, grapes and a squash on a ledge
30,000 - 40,000 GBP
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
Leiden 1652 - 1719
A STILL LIFE OF CORN, POMEGRANATES, PEACHES, APRICOTS, PRUNES, GRAPES AND A SQUASH ON A LEDGE
signed and dated lower left: Mortel f. / A 1700.
oil on oak panel
unframed: 54.2 x 45.7 cm.; 21⅜ x 18 in.
framed: 73 x 64 cm.; 28 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.
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The painting is on an oak panel made from a single plank, bevelled at the left, right, and lower margins. The panel is flat and the paint surface is stable and secure. The painting has a thick varnish which makes inspection under ultraviolet light difficult but apart from a few very minor retouchings the painting appears to be in excellent overall condition with the fine details beautifully preserved. Held in a later, Louis XIV style, gold painted wood frame.
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Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Steinmeyer, May 1924;
Art market, Lucerne, 1934;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 23 February 1938, lot 120 (sold with a certificate from Dr. Hofstede de Groot);
Anonymous sale, Zürich, Koller, 15-20 October 1975, lot 2817;
Private collection, Switzerland;
Anonymous sale, Bern, Stuker, 20 November 2009, lot 1092;
Anonymous sale, Zürich, Koller, 26 March 2010, lot 3039.
The attribution to Mortel was endorsed on the basis of images by Dr. Fred G. Meijer when the painting was on the market in 2010.