Jan Breughel II (Antwerp 1601-1678)
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Jan Breughel II (Antwerp 1601-1678)

A Concert of Birds

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Jan Breughel II (Antwerp 1601-1678)
A Concert of Birds
oil on copper
17 x 23.7 cm.
Provenance
(Possibly) Mr Jacquies, Paris, 1784, acquired for 70 Livres, sold to Mr. Moret for Frs. 50 (according to an indistinct inscription on reverse).
Special notice

“ ! ”: Lot is imported from outside the EU. For each Lot the Buyer’s Premium is calculated as 37.75% of the Hammer Price up to a value of €30,000, plus 31.7% of the Hammer Price between €30,001 and €1,200,000, plus 22.02% of any amount in excess of €1,200,000.

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Lot Essay

The composition is based on Jan Brueghel I's Concert of Birds of 1606, on copper, 13 x 18 cm. (see: K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel der Aeltere, III, Lingen 2008-10, pp. 1138-41, no. 534a, ill.). From this prototype (in a private collection in Switzerland) derive several paintings, which can be either attributed to Jan Breughel II, who continued the studio upon his father's death in 1625, or to Jan van Kessel I, who was Jan Brueghel I's grandson. The best known version by Jan Breughel II is the Concert of Birds in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig (see: K. Ertz, Jan Breughel the Younger, Freren, 1984, pp. 492-493, no. 322, ill.), which is comparable to the present lot. A very similar composition, attributed to the studio of Jan Breughel II, on copper, 13 x 17.8 cm., was at Christie's, London, 24 April 1998, lot 1 (£ 36,700).

Offered with a certificate of authenticity by Dr. Klaus Ertz (5 April 2013) dating the present lot at the beginning of the 1630s.

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