14 April 2011
Circle of Melchior d'Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636-1695 Amsterdam)
Peacocks, a rooster, pigeons, a swallow, and other birds, in a landscape
oil on canvas
52 1/8 x 62 1/8 in. (132.2 x 157.7 cm.)
with Colnaghi & Co., London, 1900;
with Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 'Melchior de Hondecoeter'; Muller, Amsterdam, 30 April 1907, lot 98, as 'Melchior d'Hondecoeter'.
Anonymous sale; Muller, Amsterdam, 15 December 1908, lot 55, as 'M. d'Hondecoeter'.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 6 May 2009, lot 76 (29,800 Euro).
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