A Still Life of Roses and other Flowers in a Bowl and in a Vase on a Table

Oil on Copper
12.7 x 19.5 cms (5 x 7 3/4 inches)
Essay: 

We are grateful to both Fred Meijer and Dr. Mirjam Neumeister for endorsing the attribution to Jan Brueghel I.

Fred Meijer has pointed out that the composition is related to several floral compositions by Jan Brueghel I, but on a larger scale. The left half repeats a still life of a bowl of flowers in the Prado, Madrid (cat. no 1422)

and the right half is identical to a painting recently on the market in Germany, which is combined with a wreath.

Both paintings originate from circa 1617. It is probable that Brueghel painted this little copper as a gift for a patron circa 1618. Flower paintings on this scale by Brueghel I are exceptionally rare. Meijer mentions another small painting on copper which is oval (9.5 x 7.7 cms) and previously in the Weldon Collection, New York, comparing the distinctive handling of this painting with our picture.

Provenance: 

Private Collection, France