Still life of Fruit, Flowers and a ...

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A large oil on canvas, painted at the turn of the 19th century, in the Dutch 17th century manner.
The painting is signed, but only the first name 'Karl' is legible. Although not yet identified, it is obvious that the artist was highly skilled, as this is a fine quality work.

Northern Renaissance artists popularized still life iconography with their flower paintings. These pieces typically show colourful flora “from different countries and even different continents in one vase and at one moment of blooming” (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and often do not feature other subject matter. These paintings rose to prominence in the early 17th century, when these artists grew increasingly interested in creating realistic studies of everyday items.

The height of still life painting came in 17th century Holland. Artists such as Jan Brueghel, Pieter Clausz, and others, painted opulent, highly detailed, and realistic images of flower bouquets and tables laden with lavish bowls of fruit and game. These paintings celebrated the seasons and reflected the era's scientific interest in the natural world. They also served as status symbols and were highly sought after.

The inclusion of parrots with still-life paintings is interesting, because it connects parrots to the material world, wealth, and trade. As an exotic creature from non-European lands, parrots were highly prized during the colonial period; and it wasn’t just the live birds that were valued, in the colonial era the plucked feathers of parrots were valued too.
SIZE: 50 x 39 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Northern England.
CONDITION: The painting has an old V-shaped damage, about 18 inches in length at its longest point; this is not visible all the time, but shows up in some angles and lights. This can be seen in the last image. Despite this, the painting is still a beautiful and highly decorative item, and is being offered at a fraction of the price it would command if undamaged. A large quality item at little cost.

Portrait of a Lady, Her Daughter, and ...

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Oil on copper in a giltwood frame. Signed and dated "John & W:m Verelst / Pinx: 1731" centre left.

A enchanting family group of small size painted on copper by the Verelsts, father and son. The work is of almost a miniaturist's quality with a fine touch of detail. Painted on the smooth surface of copper means that the colours, especially the blue of the dress, have an almost luminous quality.

JOHN VERELST known also as Johannes or Jan (1648 – 1734), was a Dutch Golden Age painter. After becoming established, he migrated to London in the early 1700s, where he specialized in oil portraits and became known as John Verelst. He was the youngest of three sons of the painter Pieter Hermansz Verelst; all became known as painters.

WILLIAM VERELST (1704–1752) was an 18th-century English painter; he was born and died in London.He is known for portraits, still lifes, and paintings of birds.
William was the fifth of eight children of the painter John Verelst .

SIZE: 23.5 x19.75 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: latterly in a French private collection. The frame bears the misleading label "Johnny William Verelst. Ecole Anglaise XVIIIe"