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    Abraham Brueghel (Flemish, 1625-1690)
    A still life of fruit and flowers in a footed gadrooned silver vase with a spaniel looking on, 1685
    Oil on canvas
    27-3/4 x 37-1/2 inches (70.5 x 95.3 cm)
    Signed indistinctly and dated lower right: ABr[.. .] / 1685

    PROVENANCE:
    Galleria Nella Longari, Milan, 1992;
    Abington Auction Galleries, Oakland Park, Florida;
    Private collection, New York, acquired from the above.

    Flemish-born artist Abraham Brueghel chose an outdoor setting for this sumptuous late-career still life blending his specialties of fruit, flower and vegetable painting. Arranged on a patch of bare earth in the foreground is a cluster of fruit featuring apples, peaches, purple plums, and on the right side a metal bowl filled with more plums and figs. Tucked behind the bowl is a cut watermelon whose pink flesh is exposed. The vase in the center is overflowing with a variety of colorful flowers including a red and white variegated tulip; a large sunflower on the right with its leaves and a smaller one recently opened near the top of the bouquet; a cluster of pink lilies; cabbage roses on the left; and large stems of white tuberose sprawling at left and right.

    On the left side of the composition, Brueghel placed some Marina di Chioggia squash with their marvelous bumpy rinds, which were popular with Italian still life painters from the 17th century on. Brueghel, who spent most of his career in southern Italy (Sicily, Rome and Naples), would have been familiar with the Italian penchant for including these fascinating gourds in still life arrangements. Beside the squash in the corner a chestnut brown spaniel wearing a collar with brass bells looks on.

    Abraham Brueghel was a member of the enormously talented Brueghel dynasty of painters which included his father, Jan Brueghel the Younger, his grandfather, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and his great-grandfather, Pieter Brueghel the Elder. It is likely that this painting, produced on a heavier-weave canvas consistent with Italian production, was painted during Abraham Brueghel's period of residence in Naples. He left Rome during the 1670s, and established himself permanently in Naples in 1674.

    The companion painting to this work sold through Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, May 16, 2014, lot 6.

    We are grateful to Dr. Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution to Abraham Brueghel in full on the basis of high resolution photographs (communication with Heritage Auctions, May 1, 2018). A photocopy of his letter of June 18, 1992 to a previous owner accompanies this lot.


    Condition Report*: Glue-lined canvas - heavy weave with faint cusping in corners; there appears to be very fine craquelure and minor surface dirt; frame wear with abrasions and some loss, most notably lower right corner is abraided affecting signature; under UV light, there appears to be fine careful touches of inpaint throughout; two vertical lines approx. 1/2 inch at thickest point along right side of work that fluoresce - affecting only the far right blossoms.  Framed Dimensions 43.25 X 33.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th Friday
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