Jan van Huysum (Amsterdam 1682-1749), A still life with flowers and fruits with a bird's nest and eggs. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013

signed 'Jan van Huysum fecit' (lower right); oil on canvas; 35 1/8 x 28¼ in. (89.2 x 71.7 cm.). Estimate $150,000 - $250,000

Provenance: Captain W. A. Hankey; sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, 25 May 1907, lot 85 (2900 francs).
with Rafael Fine Arts, New York, where acquired by the present owner.

Literature: C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, ..., London, 1928, X, p. 377, no. 197.
M.H. Grant, Jan van Huysum: 1682-1749, including a Catalogue Raisonné of the Artist's Fruit & Flower Paintings, Leigh-on-Sea, 1954, p. 28, no. 157.
S. Segal, M. Ellens and J. Dik, The Temptations of Flora: Jan van Huysum, 1682-1749, exhibition catalogue, Waanders, 2007, p. 56, fig. 5.9 (as formerly Altman collection, New York).

Exhibited: London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by The Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School, Winter, 1885, no. 138 (lent by Captain W. A. Hankey).

Christie's. Old Master Paintings Part II. 31 January 2013. New York, Rockefeller Plaza.