24 January 2008
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Jan van Huysum (Amsterdam 1682-1749)
A bouquet of flowers in a terracotta vase
black chalk, grey wash, heightened with white, watermark Arms of Amsterdam
15¼ x 11¾ in. (387 x 298 mm.)
With M. Knoedler & Co., New York (inv. CA-387).
Howard and Mary Joynt, Alexandria, Virginia, by descent to the present owner.
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Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, From botany to bouquets: flowers in Northern Art, 1999, no. 34.
It has been suggested that fully worked drawings of this type were made by van Huysum to demonstrate the possibilities of a composition to a prospective patron.
We are grateful to Dr. Sam Segal for providing additional provenance information.
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