Jan van Huysum

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Jan van Huysum
1682-1749
Flowers in an Urn and Bird's Nest on a Stone Plinth, with a Statue of "Apollo and Daphne" in the Background
Black chalk and watercolor, on paper; remnants of framing line in black chalk.
18 11/16 x 12 3/4 inches (474 x 323 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 164
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Inscribed at lower left, on plinth, in black ink, "Jan Van Huisem / Fecit 1737".
Watermark: Illegible fragment, possibly letters "LZ".

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Possibly Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), London and Edinburgh (no mark; see Lugt 1433); possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 May 1902, lot 174: "Huysum (Jan van). Flowers in a Vase-watercolour. From the Esdaile Collection" (to Fairfax Murray for £2.5.0); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 164, repr.
Flowers of ten centuries, 1947, no. 71.
Treasures from the Pierpont Morgan Library : Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1957, no. 98.
Flowers in books and drawings, ca. 940-1840, no. 92, repr.
Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no109, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 386.

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Robinson, John Charles, Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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