9 July 2014
Antwerp School, first half of the 17th century
A skull with a snake, an hour-glass, a scythe, with roses and other wild flowers before a pyramid and sacrificial bowl, in an Arcadian landscape
oil on copper
6¾ x 8¾ in. (17.2 x 22.3 cm.)
Colonna collection, Rome.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 6 December 1995, lot 158, as ‘German School, early 17th Century’ (£20,700 to the present owner).
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Bergamo, Galleria Lorenzelli, Vanitas, 1981, no. 3, as ‘Jan Brueghel the Elder’.
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