Attributed to Jeronimus Sweerts (Amsterdam 1603-1636) Lilies, a crown imperial, tulips, fritillaries, roses and other flowers in a basket, with a <i>wan-li kraak</i> bowl with fruit,a parrot on a branch, with shells, a lizard and a grasshopper on a wooden table, 75.5 x 107 cm. (29&#190; x 42&#188; in.)

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Lot 20
Attributed to Jeronimus Sweerts (Amsterdam 1603-1636) Lilies, a crown imperial, tulips, fritillaries, roses and other flowers in a basket, with a wan-li kraak bowl with fruit,a parrot on a branch, with shells, a lizard and a grasshopper on a wooden table, 75.5 x 107 cm. (29¾ x 42¼ in.)

Sold for £ 59,750 (US$ 73,280) inc. premium
Attributed to Jeronimus Sweerts (Amsterdam 1603-1636)
Lilies, a crown imperial, tulips, fritillaries, roses and other flowers in a basket, with a wan-li kraak bowl with fruit,
a parrot on a branch, with shells, a lizard and a grasshopper on a wooden table
oil on panel
75.5 x 107 cm. (29¾ x 42¼ in.)

Footnotes

  • A similar picture with the same format, but in reverse and of smaller dimensions (39.5 x 49.5 cm.), signed and dated 1626, was offered at Sotheby's, London, 11 July, 1973, lot 14, and was subsequently published in Tableau, vol. IV.I, September-October, 1981, (ill. pl.10).

    Pictures by or attributed to Jeronimus Sweerts are scarce. In fact, the picture offered at Sotheby's is the only signed and dated picture by the artist in existance. Jeronimus Sweerts was the son of Emmanuel Sweerts, a famous botanist and plant grower, who published a florilegium in 1612, and who also dealt in rare and exotic birds. It is with this knowledge that Sweerts is thought to have entered the studio of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder along with Balthasar Van der Ast, marrying his daughter Maria in 1627. Like the works of Van der Ast, Sweerts shows a clear debt to Bosschaert and affinities with Bartholomeus Assteyn can also be noted. It is therefore reasonable to surmise that a number of works by Sweerts have been erroneously attributed to either Van der Ast or Assteyn on stylistic grounds.
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