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Jacob van Hulsdonck

Still life with a bunch of grapes and a peeled lemon on a ledge

Property from the Grasset Collection

Jacob van Hulsdonck

Jacob van Hulsdonck

Still life with a bunch of grapes and a peeled lemon on a ledge

Still life with a bunch of grapes and a peeled lemon on a ledge

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Jacob van Hulsdonck

Antwerp 1582 - 1647

Still life with a bunch of grapes and a peeled lemon on a ledge


signed lower left: IVHVLSDONCK·FE· (IVH in ligature)

oil on oak panel

26.9 x 39.2 cm.; 10⅝ x 15½ in. (including a horizontal strip of approx. 0.5 cm. on the lower margin)


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格拉塞特典藏


雅各布・凡・霍斯登克

安特衛普,1582 - 1647年

《靜物︰臺上的一串葡萄和半削皮的檸檬》


款識︰藝術家簽名IVHVLSDONCK·FE(左下,IVH為相連字體)

油彩橡木畫板

26.9 x 39.2 公分;10 ⅝ x 15 ½ 英寸(包括畫作下緣闊約0.5公分的橫向條幅)

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


The oak panel is of one piece, is in a very good preserved state with a slight convex profile. There appears to be a narrow horizontal strip (approx. 0.5cm.) along the lower margin. The wood grain runs horizontally. The paint layer is stable and secure and in a good original condition. The signature is well preserved with some minor augmentation to an area beneath it. Natural thinness to the paint layer to the edge of the ledge has been addressed and a small damage between the edge of the lemon, where it abuts the grape, has been touched out. 1-2 minor losses along the raised grain in the background have been restored out. The varnish is discoloured and degraded and its removal would improve the overall tonality and reveal chromatic nuance. The paint texture is very well preserved, fine details are intact and the painting presents very well.



"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.

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With Galerie Arnot, Vienna, inv. no. 568 (according to a label on the reverse);

Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Christie's, 29 November 1974, lot 20, for 12,000 Guineas;

Where acquired for the Grasset Collection.

M. Díaz Padrón et al.Pedro Pablo Rubens (1577–1640), exh. cat., Madrid 1977, p. 65, no. 46, reproduced p. 212;

F.G. Meijer, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., San Diego 2016, p. 12, no. 6, reproduced in colour;

S. Thomas, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, exh. cat., Saint Petersburg, Florida 2019, pp. 58 and 98, no. 24, reproduced in colour.

Madrid, Palacio de Velázquez (Parque del Retiro), Pedro Pablo Rubens (1577–1640), December 1977 – March 1978, no. 46;

San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Brueghel to Canaletto, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 2 April – 2 August 2016, no. 6;

Saint Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast for the Eyes, European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, 23 March – 2 September 2019, no. 24.

This painting is an unusual work by Jacob van Hulsdonck. The majority of his œuvre consists of paintings that depict diverse fruits, usually in porcelain bowls or wicker baskets. This design, however, is a very rare example of the artist choosing to represent individual fruits loosely placed on a table, in a seemingly much more informal arrangement. The small scale of this painting also adds to its appeal as an intimate cabinet picture, and its fine state of preservation allows for the appreciation of Hulsdonck's exquisite rendering of the different surfaces, textures and luminous colours of the lemons, grapes, the vine stem and leaves, as well as the tabletop and trompe l'œil droplets of water.


The existence of only one dated work by Hulsdonck (an early Breakfast Piece of 1614, today in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle),1 makes it difficult to establish a chronology of his work. This painting is believed to date from after circa 1625, but since his handling remains fairly consistent throughout his œuvre, it is likewise difficult to base a date on stylistic grounds.


The charm of this work is testified to not only by its inclusion in the major Rubens exhibition of 1977–78, but also by the existence of a near contemporary copy of the composition, which is dated 1646 and signed ‘Jooris[...] de Jonghe’ – an unidentified artist who may have been an assistant in Hulsdonck's studio.2


For further discussion of the artist and his career, see the Still life of plums and peaches on a pewter plate (lot 21), offered in the December Evening Sale.


Inv. no. B.M.99; https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/breakfast-piece-45768

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