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Bouquet of Flowers in a Faience Vase, c. 1600-1620

Jan (the Younger) Brueghel
Flemish, 1601 - 1678
oil on oak
73 x 54.6 cm
Purchased 1963
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15049)

Jan Brueghel, known as "Velvet" Brueghel, was considered the greatest flower painter of his time. As artist to the Flemish court of Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella, he frequently visited their magnificent gardens in Brussels. He must have studied the flowers in this picture individually, as they do not bloom at the same time, and then imagined the bouquet, in which he scattered a vast array of insects. The figures on the Italian vase refer to earth and water.

Additional Information 

Signed and dated l.r.: BRVEGHEL 16[..]


Ante Topic Mimara (1898-1987), Zurich, Switzerland and Tangier, Morocco [1]

1960/12/07 – 1963/10
J.Y. Sangster, London, UK, purchased from Topic-Mimara [2]

National Gallery of Canada, purchased from J.Y. Sangster through Agnew & Sons, London [3]


[1] The painting was in auction at Sotheby's in 1960 [“Important Old Master Paintings.” Sotheby's, London, Dec. 7, 1960, lot no. 101], where it was purchased by London art dealer Agnew & Sons on behalf of J. Y. Sangster. Three years later, Agnew sold it to the National Gallery of Canada it in Sangster's name [letter by Evelyn Joll, Agnew, London, to R.H. Hubbard of the NGC, dated July 4 and August 7, 1963, Accession records, NGC curatorial file]. According to Joll the painting came from the collection of Croatian art-collector and dealer Ante Topic-Mimara.

[2] See note [1].

[3] Accession log [NGC curatorial file]. The invoice by Agnew & Sons is dated August 27, 1963 [accession records, NGC curatorial file].

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