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Alexander Adriaenssen (Antwerp 1587-1661)
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Alexander Adriaenssen (Antwerp 1587-1661)

Roses and an iris in a glass vase, crabs and prawns on a pewter platter, a Façon-de-Venise wineglass, a stoneware ewer, a bunch of grapes, a bread roll and a roemer on a partly-draped table

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Alexander Adriaenssen (Antwerp 1587-1661)
Roses and an iris in a glass vase, crabs and prawns on a pewter platter, a Façon-de-Venise wineglass, a stoneware ewer, a bunch of grapes, a bread roll and a roemer on a partly-draped table
signed and dated 'Alex.Adrieansson fesit Ao 1646' (lower left, on the edge of the table)
oil on panel
17 1/8 x 25¼ in. (43.5 x 64.2 cm.)
Provenance
Count Grigorii Aleksandrovich Stroganov (1829-1910), Palazzo Stroganov, Via Gregoriana, Rome; sale, Galléria d'arte, Rome, 20-27 April 1925, lot 608.
Baron B. Lemann, Rome; sale, S.A.L.G.A., Rome, 28 May 1960, lot 256.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 1 July 1966, lot 90.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 November 1967, lot 90.
Anonymous Sale; Christie's, London, 26 July 1968, lot 158.
with John Mitchell and Sons Ltd., London.
Anonymous sale [The property of a lady]; Christie's, 4 July 1997, lot 53.
Literature
P. Mitchell, European Flower Painters, London, 1973, pp. 33-4, pl. 33.
G. Speissens, Leven en werk van de Antwerpe schilder Alexander Adriaenssen (1587-1661), Brussels, 1990, p. 129, no. 47, fig. 31.
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Lot Essay

The son of the composer Emanuel Adriaenssen and brother of the artists Vincent and Nicolaes Adriaenssen, Alexander was apprenticed in 1597 to Artus van Laeck, becoming a master in the Antwerp painters' guild in 1610. Adriaenssen's oeuvre consists entirely of still lifes, mainly of food on tables with copper- and tinware, glass and pottery (for example the Still life with Fish of 1660 in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). Much rarer are his flower still lifes, consisting of five works depicting single vases and a small group (including the present picture and those in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent) that include such an element within a larger composition. Another such work, with which this picture is closely comparable, was sold in these Rooms, 2 December 1949, lot 118 (see Spiessens, op. cit., p. 126, no. 43, fig. 28).
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