Lot 30. Workshop of Jan Brueghel the Younger (Antwerp 1601-1678), Carnations, jasmine and roses in a gilt tazza with a garland of flowers on a table-top, with the panelmaker's mark of the Guild of Antwerp and the monogram 'LS' of the panelmaker, Lambrecht Steens (1615-1651) (on the reverse), oil on panel, 36.2 x 52.3cm (14 1/4 x 20 9/16in). Estimate £40,000 - 50,000 (€54,000 - 68,000). Unsold. Photo Bonhams.

Provenance: Private European Collection, since 1980s

NotesThe present composition is unusual in Brueghel's workshop in that the exact composition is not known in any work by the master. The tazza and its same flowers are depicted alongside a basket of flowers in a work by Jan Brueghel the Younger, on panel, 52 x 82 cm. (Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest (Inv. Nr. 612; see: K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678), Freren, 1984, cat. no. 287, pp. 450-452) of which there is a variant, probably by the artist's own hand (with Galerie de Boer, 1932). This in turn is based on works attributed to the artist's father, Jan Brueghel I, such as the Basket of Flowers with Cup which may have been auctioned at Sotheby's, London in 1956 and theBasket of Flowers with a Cup offered at auction at Charpentier's, Paris, in 1954; and a variant, possibly by Jan Brueghel II in Dordrecht, Aardenn Collection, thought to have been executed in the 1630s. The garland on the left of the composition comes close to that of a garland in a signed work by Jan Brueghel the Younger (on panel, 52.1 x 76.2 cm., private collection, England). Although this has close affinities to the work of the father and was probably produced in the 1620s its composition is quite independent of Jan Brueghel the Elder's (see: K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678), Freren, 1984, cat. no. 290, p. 455).