7 June 2002
MELCHIOR DE HONDECOETER (Utrecht 1636-1695 Amsterdam)
Coupling chickens in a landscape
signed 'M D Hondecoeter' (lower right)
oil on canvas
32 x 29 in. (81.2 x 73.7 cm.)
H.J. Jenkins, London.
Anon. Sale, Christie's, London, 8 December 1883, lot 83, as 'M. Hondecoeter' (7 gns to Hirer).
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We are grateful to Mr. Fred Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorisches Documentatie, The Hague, for confirming the attribution to Hondecoeter on the basis of a transparency (written communication, 12 April 2002).
Additional Provenance for this lot:
Anon. Sale, Koller, Zürich, 22 March 1995, lot 13.
A copy of this painting is in the Muzeum Szépmüvészeti, Budapest, inv. no. 51.2945.
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