Ambrosius Bosschaert I (1573-1621)

Ambrosius Bosschaert I (1573-1621)

A Tulip, a Pot Marigold, a Peony, Roses, Columbine, Stock , Forget-me-nots, a Wild Violet and a Hyacinth in a glass Jar with a Butterfly and a Caterpillar on a Ledge

signed with monogram 'AB'
on copper
6½ x 4 5/8in. (16.5 x 11.6cm.)
The Constantine Family, Yorkshire; Christie's, 14 May 1971, lot 106 (17,000gns.)
M.-L. Hairs, Les Peintres Flamands de Fleurs au XVIIe Siècle, Paris and Brussels, 1955, fig. 31; 2nd ed., 1965, pp. 158 and 352, fig. 25; ed., Brussels, 1985, I, p. 203, and II, p. 7 (under Grande-Bretagne, collection privée)
L.J. Bol, The Bosschaert Dynasty, Leigh-on-Sea, 1960, pp.22 and 63, no. 23, pl. 15b
Vienna, Galerie Sanct Lucas, Die jüngeren Brueghel und ihr Kreis, 1935, no. 20
London, Eugene Slatter Gallery, Flower and Still-Life Paintings by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, May-June 1943, no. 20
London, Eugene Slatter Gallery, Dutch and Flemish Masters, May-June 1947, no. 10
Middlesborough, Municipal Art Gallery, Oct. 1949
Scarborough, Municipal Art Gallery, Dutch Festival, June 1960

Lot Essay

As Professor Bol pointed out, loc. cit., the pot marigold and the white rose on the left are identical to those in Bosschaert's flower piece of 1609 in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Bol, op. cit., p. 60, no. 10, pl. 7). The present picture cannot, however, have been painted before 1614 as until that date the artist always placed his monogram to the left. Bol implies a date of 1614/15 at the end of Bosschaert's period in Middelburg. The recurrence of the same flower in pictures painted years apart is a characteristic of the painter's oeuvre

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