Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin
Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape

22 January 2021 • New York

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape
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Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape

Estimate:

70,000 - 90,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin

Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape

Estimate:

70,000 - 90,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 13 hours

12 days, 13 hours

January 30, 03:25 PM (GMT)

January 30, 03:25 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin

Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Nijmegen 1619/20 (?) - 1678 Amsterdam

Still life of a thistle and other flowers surrounded by moths, a dragonfly, a lizard and a snake, in a landscape


signed lower right: Otto/Marseus. D.S.

oil on canvas

canvas: 22 3/4 by 17 3/4 in.; 57.8 by 45.1 cm. 

framed: 30 by 25 1/4 in.; 76.2 by 64.1 cm. 

Condition report

This painting has a wax relining which is effective and serviceable. The painting is clean and presents itself well, with fairly good detail throughout, with the "spongeing" technique used by the artist in the foreground still largely intact. There is some darkening in the greens in the landscape at left (not untypical with works by this artist and the signature in the lower right corner has become slightly less distinct although it is still legible. The craquelure in the dark background at right slightly noticeable. Under UV: there is little visible under uv. Some touches in the blue sky at upper left, but quite minor. Similarly, small and inconsequential touches in one of the butterflies at upper right and one middle left.


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Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 22 January 2004, lot 225;
There purchased by the previous owner;
Acquired by Paul Kasmin, New York, 19 January 2017.

Catalogue note

Otto Marseus van Schrieck was one of the leading innovators of the Dutch forest floor-still life. In this work, he has focused meticulous attention on a thistle, a single pink flower, and a handful of forest dwellers, all of which glisten vividly against a darkened background. Working at a time of increased interest in the natural sciences, he is highly renowned for his detailed and dramatically lit nocturnal scenes that depict flora, moss and denizens of the forest. His nickname Snuffelaer, or "ferreter"undoubtedly reflects his excursions into the forest underbrush to examine different specimens—sometimes even bringing them back to his vivarium, where they were further cultivated and studied. Much admired during his lifetime, his works were imitated by number of artists, including no less distinguished a talent than Rachel Ruysch.


Between 1648 and 1657, Otto Marseus van Schrieck left Amsterdam to embark on several extended sojourns to England, France, and—most notably—Italy. During his time in Florence, he worked for the Grand Duke Ferdinand II de Medici of Tuscany, for his works complemented the family’s collection of flora and fauna in both painted and physical form. A number of Marseus van Schrieck’s still-life paintings can be found in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence today.


When last sold, Fred Meijer endorsed the attribution to van Schrieck.