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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    Willem van Aelst (Delft 1627-after 1687 ?Amsterdam)

    Plums, strawberries, peaches, grapes, redcurrants and gooseberries with a finch, on a partly-draped marble ledge

    Price Realised  

    Willem van Aelst (Delft 1627-after 1687 ?Amsterdam)
    Plums, strawberries, peaches, grapes, redcurrants and gooseberries with a finch, on a partly-draped marble ledge
    oil on panel
    16 1/8 x 12¾ in. (40.9 x 32.4 cm.)


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    The attribution was first proposed by Walther Bernt, and has been confirmed by Fred Meijer of the RKD, The Hague. Whilst Bernt suggested that the picture is an early work, dating it from around 1645, Meijer has suggested that it is closer to 1649, noting that a similar work, dated 1649, is now in the Prinsenhof Museum, Delft (formerly in the collection of Professor Einar Perman, Stockholm; see I. Bergstrom, Dutch Still-Life painting in the 17th Century, New York, 1983, p. 218, fig. 183, incorrectly recorded as dated 1646).

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    Provenance

    with Galerie Meissner, Zurich, from whom acquired by the following
    Anonymous sale [The Property of a Gentleman]; Sotheby's, London, 10 April, 2003, lot 55, when acquired by the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is signed and dated:
    'Wv ael[s]t 165[..]' ('Wv' linked, lower left)