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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1

    Circle of Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8)

    The Bird Trap

    Price Realised  


    Circle of Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8)
    The Bird Trap
    oil on panel, stamped on the reverse with the coat-of-arms of the city of Antwerp and the maker's mark of Guilliam Gabron (active Antwerp 1609-1662)
    17¾ x 25 in. (45.2 x 63.5 cm.)

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    The present picture depicts one of the most enduringly popular compositions of the Netherlandish landscape tradition and one of the most familiar of all the works of the Brueghel family, known in more than 120 versions by the latters' studio and followers. It has traditionally been thought that the prototype for the composition is a painting by Pieter II's father, Pieter Bruegel I, signed and dated 1565, in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, however, the question remains open, with some scholars suggesting the prime version remains undiscovered.

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    Please note that the attribution for this lot should read:
    Circle of PIETER BRUEGHEL II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8) and NOT as stated in the catalogue.