Lot 47
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Old Master Paintings & Drawings | 17 November 2021
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Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1635-1695)

A hunting still life with a falcon and pigeon

oil on canvas, 77x65 cm
Painted circa 1655-1659.

Exhibited:
-The Hague, Museum Bredius, 'Melchior d'Hondecoeter en het jachtstilleven', December 2004-January 2005.
-Sypesteyn, Kasteel-Museum Sypesteyn, 'Melchior de Hondercoeter, schilder voor buitenplaatsen te gast op Sypesteyn', 22 June-30 September 2012, cat. no. 10.

Literature:
-Joy Kearney and D.H. van Wegen, 'Melchior de Hondercoeter, schilder voor buitenplaatsen te gast op Sypesteyn', Sypesteyn 2012, p. 20, cat. no. 10.

Provenance:
-Auction, Koller, Zürich, 18 March 1999, lot 120.
-With Kunsthandel Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague, 1999-2001.

Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1635/6-1695) was specialised in painting poultry, birds, hunting still lifes and elegant landscapes with exotic birds. Following up on his Flemish predecessors, Frans Snijders (1579-1657) and Jan Brueghel II (1601-1678), d’Hondecoeter has elevated the theme of bird concerts and hunting still lifes in the Netherlands together with his cousin Jan Weenix (1641-1719). The artist often composed a well-balanced composition in exquisite brownish tones. In this particular painting the white wings of the dead pigeon guide our eye to the centre of the canvas. The hunting horn and other attributes lay next to the pigeon on the ledge, some smaller birds and a white feather decorate the forest ground. The dominating falcon reigns over his caught prey with pride. The very subtle muted palette and harmony of the composition make this painting a typical work by one of Holland's master painters of hunting still lifes.

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€ 42.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 42.000

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