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Willem Grasdorp (Zwolle 1678-1723 Amsterdam)
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Willem Grasdorp (Zwolle 1678-1723 Amsterdam)

Tulips, an iris, morning glory and other flowers in a terracotta vase with blackberries, a lizard and a snail in a stone niche

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Willem Grasdorp (Zwolle 1678-1723 Amsterdam)
Tulips, an iris, morning glory and other flowers in a terracotta vase with blackberries, a lizard and a snail in a stone niche
oil on canvas
22 x 18 7/8 in. (55.8 x 47.9 cm.)
Provenance
Paul Delaroff, St. Petersburg, 1914.
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We are grateful to Mr. Fred Meijer of the RKD who has suggested the attribution on the basis of a transparency; he notes that the picture 'can be attributed to Willem Grasdorp (1678-1723), as a fairly early work'. Very little is known of Grasdorp's life. He was the son of the genre and architecture painter Jan Grasdorp (1651-93), and in 1697 he studied under the Hamburg still-life painter, Ernst Stuven, before moving to Amsterdam. His strongly-lit compositions recall the oeuvre of Rachel Ruysch and Abraham Mignon. A similar still life was sold, Sotheby's, London, 3 December 1997, lot 52 (£45,500).
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