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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    Johanna Helena Herolt Graff (Frankfurt 1668-after 1702)

    Still life with a grasshoper and a ladybug perched on branches arranged in a Delft bowl with cherries, pears, peaches, blackcurrants, redcurrants and strawberries

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    Johanna Helena Herolt Graff (Frankfurt 1668-after 1702)
    Still life with a grasshoper and a ladybug perched on branches arranged in a Delft bowl with cherries, pears, peaches, blackcurrants, redcurrants and strawberries
    signed with initials 'J.H.H.'
    black lead, watercolor, bodycolor. heightened with gum arabic, on vellum, pen and brown ink framing lines
    11 x 14½ in. (280 x 369 mm.)


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    Johanna Helena Herolt, née Graff, was the eldest daughter of the painter Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Her work was influenced by her mother whom Herolt accompanied to Surinam in 1711. 49 drawings from a numbered series, signed by Herolt and in the same technique and on vellum are in the Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum, Brunswick. This series was possibly commissioned by the Menonite Agnes Block (1629-1704), an important breeder of rare plants near Utrecht. Others drawings by Herolt are in the British Museum and the University of Amsterdam.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Belgium.
    With Otto Wertheimer, Paris, 1956.
    Dr. Max Schmidheiny, Heerbrugg, Switzerland.