London, South Kensington
5 July 2000
Circle of Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750)
Roses, tulips, a poppy, nasturtiums, marigolds and other flowers in a vase, and a tortoiseshell butterfly on a partly draped marble ledge
oil on canvas
24¾ x 21½ in. (63 x 54.5 cm.)
Anon. Sale Sotheby's, London 1981, lot 81, as 'Verelst'.
A contemporary version of the work by Ruysch, datable to circa 1683-5, is in the Baroda Picture Gallery, India. The Baroda picture, reattributed to Ruysch by Dr. Marianne Berardi, bears a false van Aelst signature and date 1659; the present composition differs in the absence of the large tulip in the Baroda picture, and the addition of a cloth draping the table. We are grateful to Dr. Marianne Berardi and Mr. Fred Meijer for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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