Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
- Flowers and Fruit
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 123.5 x 102 cm
Object size: 161 x 138 x 12 cm
- Signature: 'J. Weenix f 1676'
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- Unlike all the other works by Jan Weenix in the Wallace Collection, this
painting is a ‘pure’ flower piece without any animals or game. It is a relatively
early work. On a stone ledge beneath a pear tree, a silver dish is laden with
grapes, a pear, a peach with a fly, and a pomegranate. A rose, a poppy,
honeysuckle, carnations and other flowers decorate the scene, to which the
artist has added the finishing touch of two butterflies.
Like several other paintings by Weenix now in the Wallace Collection, this
painting belonged in the eighteenth century to a member of the German
aristocracy, Count Friedrich Moritz of Brabeck.
The painting was acquired by Richard Wallace in 1859 on behalf of the 4th
Marquess of Hertford at the sale of Count Andreas von Stolberg in Hanover.