• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 327

    Studio of Melchior d'Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636-1695 Amsterdam)

    'Soo gebeck Soo gesongen': A peacock, lark, crow, stilt, peahen, heron, owl, parakeet, cardinal, woodpecker, swallow, stint and other birds on a garden wall

    Price Realised  

    Studio of Melchior d'Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636-1695 Amsterdam)
    'Soo gebeck Soo gesongen': A peacock, lark, crow, stilt, peahen, heron, owl, parakeet, cardinal, woodpecker, swallow, stint and other birds on a garden wall
    with inscription 'Soo gebeck Soo gesongen' (lower center)
    oil on canvas
    61 x 52½ in. (154.9 x 133.5 cm.)


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    Illustrating the Dutch proverb: 'Ieder vogeltje zingt zoals hij gebekt is' meaning 'Every Bird sings his own Song', the present painting relates to a composition by Hondecoeter, dated 1682 (sold, Sotheby's, London, 4 July 1990, lot 26).

    We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer at the RKD for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    Provenance

    Arthur S. Vernay, by 1917, from whom purchased by
    Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, New York, by whom gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 1962.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Items Sold to Benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisitions Fund


    Literature

    Denver Art Museum Major Works in the Collection, Denver, 1981, pp. 178-179, as 'Hondecoeter'.