Copy after Jan van Huysum

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Copy after Jan van Huysum
Flowers in an Urn and a Bird's Nest on a Stone Ledge within a Niche
Black chalk and watercolor, on laid paper; remnants of a framing line in brown ink.
18 13/16 x 13 7/16 inches (477 x 341 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 164a


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Another version of the same subject was formerly on the London art market (sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 December 1966, lot 63). Neither it, nor the Morgan drawing, is of sufficient quality to be by van Huysum himself and both probably depend on a common prototype.
Formerly attributed to Jan van Huysum, 1628-1749.


Inscribed on the verso, at lower right, in Ploos van Amstel's hand, in brown ink, "h: 19d / b: 13 1/2d / J. van Huysum del".
Watermark: Countermark, letters "IV", between two chain lines. Lead white and copper green paint of drawing show in backround of beta radiograph.

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Jb Czn (1726-98), Amsterdam (Lugt 2034 and 3004); his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, 3ff. March 1800; 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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Associated names: 

Huysum, Jan van, 1682-1749, Formerly attributed to.
Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis, 1726-1798, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 387.
Flowers of ten centuries 1947, no. 71 (as van Huysum).
Flowers in books and drawings 1980, no. 93 (as van Huysum; not repr.).

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