14 November 2012
Studio of Willem van Aelst (Delft 1627-1683/84 Amsterdam)
Pink peony roses, a carnation and daisies with a dragonfly, two butterflies, a moth and a snail, all on a marble ledge
oil on canvas
36.5 x 32.3 cm.
Geheimrat Joh. Stumpf, Berlin; Lepke, Berlin, 7 May 1918, lot 23, as Rachel Ruysch (RM1500).
with L. Koetser, London, 1963, as William van Aelst.
Private collection, Austria; where acquired by the present owner in circa 1980.
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M.H. Grant, Rachel Ruysch: 1664-1750, Leigh-on-Sea, 1956, no. 188, as R. Ruysch.
London, Leonard Koetser, Spring Exhibition of Flemish Dutch and Italian Old Masters, 25 April-31 May 1963, no. 3, as William van Aelst.
We are grateful to Mr. Fred Meijer of the RKD, The Hague, for endorsing the attribution upon inspection of the original (verbal communication, 18 September 2012). Mr. Meijer has suggested that the composition, known in several versions by different artists, perhaps records a lost prototype by Van Aelst.
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