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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 225

    Jean-Michel Picart (Antwerp c. 1600-1682 Paris)

    Carnations and other flowers in a bronze vase

    Price Realised  

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    Jean-Michel Picart (Antwerp c. 1600-1682 Paris)
    Carnations and other flowers in a bronze vase
    oil on canvas
    19¾ x 14¾ in. (50.2 x 37.5 cm.)


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    This sumptuous still life was once attributed to the French painter Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, but was recognized in 2000 as a typical work by the Fleming Jean-Michel Picart, who moved to Paris around 1638 and established a lucrative career there. Along with many other artist emigrés from his native country, Picart lived in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, where he worked primarily on lush flower and fruit pictures. The present work shows Picart at his best: dramatically lit by a shaft of light from upper left, the various blossoms tremble with life. The beautifully painted bronze vase that holds them - its underside reflecting the soft grey of the carved table on which it sits - features a pattern of cast leaves, giving an elegant continuity to the whole array. The insistent solidity of these sculpted motifs also provides a compelling contrast to the living flowers above, and may allude to the transience of this delicate display, a message which is underscored by the petals that have already fallen from their stems to the ledge below.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1985, lot 80, as 'Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer', where acquired by the following.
    Private collection; Christie's, New York, 11 January 1989, lot 159, as 'Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer'.
    Private collection, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 139, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION