View full screen - View 1 of Lot 20. Still life of tulips and an apothecary's rose in a stoneware vase, irises and lilies in a glass vase, together with roses, lilies, anemones, pansies, larkspur, borage and love-in-a-mist in a wicker basket and an oriental lacquer basket, all upon a table-top with cabbage white and red admiral butterflies and a dragonfly.
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Osias Beert the Elder

Still life of tulips and an apothecary's rose in a stoneware vase, irises and lilies in a glass vase, together with roses, lilies, anemones, pansies, larkspur, borage and love-in-a-mist in a wicker basket and an oriental lacquer basket, all upon a table-top with cabbage white and red admiral butterflies and a dragonfly

Property from the Grasset Collection

Osias Beert the Elder

Osias Beert the Elder

Still life of tulips and an apothecary's rose in a stoneware vase, irises and lilies in a glass vase, together with roses, lilies, anemones, pansies, larkspur, borage and love-in-a-mist in a wicker basket and an oriental lacquer basket, all upon a table-top with cabbage white and red admiral butterflies and a dragonfly

Still life of tulips and an apothecary's rose in a stoneware vase, irises and lilies in a glass vase, together with roses, lilies, anemones, pansies, larkspur, borage and love-in-a-mist in a wicker basket and an oriental lacquer basket, all upon a table-top with cabbage white and red admiral butterflies and a dragonfly

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Osias Beert the Elder

Antwerp (?) circa 1580 (?) - 1624

Still life of tulips and an apothecary's rose in a stoneware vase, irises and lilies in a glass vase, together with roses, lilies, anemones, pansies, larkspur, borage and love-in-a-mist in a wicker basket and an oriental lacquer basket, all upon a table-top with cabbage white and red admiral butterflies and a dragonfly


oil on oak panel

95.7 x 119.7 cm.; 37⅝ x 47⅛ in.


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格拉塞特典藏


老奧夏斯・貝爾

安特衛普,1580 (?) - 1642年

《靜物︰桌上插滿鬱金香和一枝法國薔薇的炻瓶、插著鳶尾花和百合花的玻璃瓶、盛載玫瑰、百合花、銀蓮花、三色菫、飛燕草、琉璃苣和黑種草的柳條籃和中式漆籃、白粉蝶、優紅蛺蝶與蜻蜓》


油彩橡木畫板

95.7 x 119.7 公分;37 ⅝ x 47 ⅛ 英寸

The following condition report is provided by K&S Conservation Ltd. who are external specialists and not employees of Sotheby's:


The painting is presumed to be painted in oil on an oak panel. The panel has been thinned and is now cradled. The grain direction is horizontal. The cradle has 21 fixed horizontal members, and 11 vertical moveable members. There is little movement in these members. The paint and ground layers are stable, and there is no signs of flaking or recent losses. The current presentation of the painting shows a skillful restoration, probably dating from the twentieth century, with only minor corrections undertaken recently. The existing varnish and most recent retouching have not discoloured or degraded to a significant degree. The surface gloss is even and saturating. There is a small amount of a waxy surface dirt on both the front and reverse of the painting.



"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Christie's, 21 April 1989, lot 14, for £480,000;

Where acquired by Mrs Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937–2013), Princeton, New Jersey;

By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2006, lot 31, where offered (est. £600,000-800,000);

Acquired privately immediately thereafter for the Grasset Collection.

S. Segal, Flowers and Nature: Netherlandish flower painting of four centuries, exh. cat., The Hague 1990, pp. 182–83, reproduced in colour p. 83, plate 30, and p. 182, fig. 30;

F.G. Meijer, A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish Still-life painters working in oils 1525–1725, Leiden 2003, p. 32;

F.G. Meijer, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., San Diego 2016, p. 9, no. 3, reproduced in colour;

S. Thomas, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., Saint Petersburg, Florida 2019, pp. 26 and 95, no. 7, reproduced in colour;

S. Segal and K. Alen, Dutch and Flemish Flower Pieces: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints up to the Nineteenth Century, Leiden and Boston 2020, vol. 1, p. 239, n. 212;

To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Dr Klara Alen, Osias Beert. Pioneer of the Antwerp laid table and flower still life.

Osaka, Nabio Museum of Art, Tokyo, and Station Gallery, Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales, Flowers and Nature: Netherlandish Flower painting of four centuries, 4 September - 28 October 1990, no. 30;

San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 2 April – 2 August 2016, no. 3;

San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, on loan 2016 – 2019 (when part of the Genre & Myth display, 2017 – 2019);

Saint Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 23 March – 2 September 2019, no. 7.