A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape
Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation
Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape

30 January 2021 • New York

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape
A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape
A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape
A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape
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Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Melchior d'Hondecoeter

Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Starting bid:

20,000

USD

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

6 days, 18 hours

6 days, 18 hours

January 30, 04:40 PM (GMT)

January 30, 04:40 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Melchior d'Hondecoeter

Utrecht 1636 - 1695 Amsterdam

A brace of rabbits and small birds with hunting equipment in a landscape 


signed with monogram upper left: Mdh.

oil on canvas, unframed

canvas: 23 1/2 by 19 1/4 in.; 59.7 by 49 cm. 

Provenance

Mr. Georges, Paris;
Edouard Warneck collection, Paris;
His sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 26-27 May 1926, lot 50;
With S. Nystad, The Hague, by 1968
There acquired by a private New York collector;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby's, 12 January 1989, lot 107;
There acquired. 

Catalogue note

This elegant hunting still life likely dates to Hondecoeter's early years, while he was still in Amsterdam.  When Melchior's father, Gijsbert Hondecoeter, died in 1653, Melchior entered the studio and household of his uncle, Jan Baptist Weenix.  The compositional arrangement reflects Jan Baptist Weenix's paintings of the 1650s, most notably Weenix's 1652 Hunting Booty with a Swan, in the Bayerischen State Collection, Munich.  Hondecoeter employed the same pyramidal structure used by Weenix in many of his early hunting still lifes; the use of a classical landscape in the background is also inspired by the elder artist's Italianate pictures.   By the late 1660s, Hondecoeter would shift to painting scenes of live birds and animals almost exclusively.