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    Sale 7446

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Including works from the Collection of Anton Philips

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    Jacob van Hulsdonck (Antwerp 1582-1647)

    Apricots, plums and grapes in a bowl and strewn on a ledge, with a vase of flowers

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    Jacob van Hulsdonck (Antwerp 1582-1647)
    Apricots, plums and grapes in a bowl and strewn on a ledge, with a vase of flowers
    signed 'VHVLSDONCK.FE' ('VH' linked, lower left)
    oil on panel
    21 x 27½ in. (53.4 x 69.9 cm.)


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    Jacob van Hulsdonck was born in Antwerp but at an early age was taken to Middleburg where he was to remain for some time before returning to Antwerp. While he is likely to have come into contact with the dominant artistic studio in Middleburg, the Bosschaert studio, it seems that on stylistic grounds that he was never a pupil. Closer affinities can be found in the works of Osias Beert and even Hieronymous Francken, both of whom were working in Antwerp at the beginning of the 17th century, suggesting that Hulsdonck may have worked in their circle before becoming a master in the Guild of St. Luke in 1608.

    According to van der Willingen and Meijer (A. van der Willigen and F.G. Meijer, A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish Still-life Painters Working in Oils, 1525-1725, Leiden 2003, p. 114) this is only one of six signed examples that include a small vase of flowers along with the more traditional bowl or basket of flowers on a wooden table-top.

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    Provenance

    with Arthur Tooth, 1938.
    Sale, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 10 June 1952, lot 301.
    with D.A Hoogendijk, Amsterdam, 1952.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE HAROLD A. HARTOG, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE HAROLD A. AND INGEBORG L. HARTOG FOUNDATION (lots 21 and 57)


    Literature

    F.G. Meijer, The Collection of Dutch and Flemish Still-Life Paintings Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward. The Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Zwolle, 2003, p. 281, fig. 71.2, as 'a characteristic still life by van Hulsdonck, probably dating to the 1630s'.
    E. Greindl, Les Peintres Flamands de Nature Morte au XVIIe Siècle, Sterrebeek and Brussels, 1983, pp. 36, 252, fig. 135, p. 364, no. 4.