A Still Life of Façon de Venise Glasses, Finches, Thrushes, Blue Tits, a Kingfisher and Wan-Li Porcelain on a Stone Ledge

Oil on Panel
Signed: 'CHRISTOFFEL VAN DEN BERGHE'
33 x 53 cms (13 x 20 7/8 inches)
Essay: 

A Game Still life by this artist is an exceptionally rare subject for a very rare painter. However, another rather larger game still life by the artist but on canvas is in the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (71.PA.34). The birds depicted are also larger (a Bittern, a Goose and a Mallard) to suit the larger scale of the painting.

The use of the Chinese export porcelain in both game pieces is probably a detail he would have picked up from working with Bosschaert, the elder (as well as his other close family) whose mastery and obvious pleasure in depicting porcelain is well known.

Provenance: 

Private Collection, Burgundy