06 juillet 2017

Jan van Kessel the Elder, Butterflies, moths, a dragonfly and other insects, with a spring of apple blossom

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Lot 11. Jan van Kessel the Elder (Antwerpt 1626 - 1679), Butterflies, moths, a dragonfly and other insects, with a spring of apple blossom, indistinctly inscribed by a later hand on the reverse: Monser fontenoy par.../P(?)apion..fich...., oil on copper, 14 x 19.4 cm.; 5 1/2  x 7 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 GBP. Lot sold 272,750 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's

Provenance: Private collection, France, since the 18th century;

With Johnny van Haeften, London;

From whom acquired by the present owner in March 2003.

LiteratureK. Ertz and C. Nitze-Ertz, Die Maler Jan van Kessel. Jan van Kessel der Ältere 1626–1679, Jan van Kessel der Jüngere 1654–1708, Jan van Kessel der 'Andere' ca. 1620 - ca. 1621, Lingen 2012, p. 268, no. 401, reproduced.

Sotheby's. Old Masters Evening Sale, London, 05 Jul 2017 

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