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Balthasar van der Ast

Flowers in a vase on a stone ledge with a sea shell and a grasshopper | 《靜物:石架上的瓶花、一個貝殼和一隻草蜢》

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Estimate:

150,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Property from the Schuybroek Collection

Balthasar van der Ast

Balthasar van der Ast

Flowers in a vase on a stone ledge with a sea shell and a grasshopper | 《靜物:石架上的瓶花、一個貝殼和一隻草蜢》

Flowers in a vase on a stone ledge with a sea shell and a grasshopper | 《靜物:石架上的瓶花、一個貝殼和一隻草蜢》

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Property from the Schuybroek Collection

Balthasar van der Ast

Middelburg 1593/94 - 1657 Delft

Flowers in a vase on a stone ledge with a sea shell and a grasshopper



signed lower left: B.V.Ast

oil on oak panel

34.7 x 23.6 cm.; 13⅝ x 9¼ in.


舒布魯克典藏

巴爾薩澤・凡・德・阿斯特

1593/94 生於米德爾堡,1657卒於代爾夫特

《靜物:石架上的瓶花、一個貝殼和一隻草蜢》


款識:藝術家簽名B.V.Ast(右下)

油彩橡木畫板

34.7 x 23.6 公分;13⅝ x 9¼ 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Simon Folkes who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


CONDITION & TREATMENT REPORT

Balthasar van der Ast

Still life of flowers in a vase.

Oil on panel. 34.7 x 23.6 cm. (13 1/16 x 9 ¼ in.)


Support

The painting is on a wood panel, probably oak, which has had a cradle attached to the back. The panel however is almost completely flat and all the "runners", the unsecured battens forming the movable part of the cradle construction, remain loose which indicates that the panel has not warped in any way.


Paint layers

The painting is generally in a good state of preservation. There are however, some old retouchings in the background, mainly down the upper left side but also between the leaves and flowers around the central posy, which are probably covering old losses and abrasions. Some fine retouchings are also visible under UV following some of the drying crack lines in the paint surface but otherwise the painting is in good condition.


Varnish coating

The varnish is currently clear and undiscoloured.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Dr Hans Wetzlar, Amsterdam, by 1952;

His posthumous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby’s, 9 June 1977, lot 97, when acquired by Jean Schuybroek.

M.J. Friedländer (ed.), Collection Dr. H. Wetzlar, Amsterdam 1952, p. 8, cat. no. 2, reproduced;

L.J. Bol, ‘Een Middelburgse Brueghel-groep III’, in Oud Holland, vol. LXX, 1955, pp. 143 and 153, reproduced p. 147, pl. 8;

L.J. Bol, The Bosschaert Dynasty, Leigh-on-Sea 1960, p. 71, cat. no. 13, reproduced pl. 36.

Haarlem, Teylers Museum, Bloemenwereld, March–May 1953, no. 3;

Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse stillevens uit vier eeuwen, 17 July – 31 August 1954, no. 10.

The nephew and pupil of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Balthasar van der Ast was a more long-lived and prolific painter. He developed and expanded the Bosschaertian style in Utrecht, bringing it to a broader audience of the newly wealthy in The Netherlands.


In this work, probably dating from the early 1630s, Van der Ast has arranged a mixed bouquet of tulips, hyacinth, iris and other flowers, surmounted by a double white narcissus, in a dark-ribbed vase of a type he used in a few other paintings. The prominent shell to the right resting on the ledge is a Devil's Claw (Ptocera lambis L), found in the seas around Indonesia, where ships of the Dutch East-India Company were already trading and establishing trading posts around the island of Java by Van der Ast's day. A similar shell occurs in Van der Ast's shell-piece in the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam.Van der Ast made a watercolour drawing of this or a very similar shell in an album in the Lugt Collection in Paris, which he monogrammed and inscribed: Cleijen Geelghepleckte Crab.2


1 Bol 1960, pp. 79–80, no. 78, reproduced pl. 44a.

2 Paris, Fondation Custodia, collection Frits Lugt, inv. no. 6534 (1-71); S. Ayooghi, S.Böhmer and T. Trümper, Die Stilleben des Balthasar van der Ast (1593/94–1657), exh. cat., Petersberg 2016, pp. 209–16, cat. no. 40k, reproduced p. 216.