Jan (the Younger) Brueghel

Bouquet of Flowers in a Faience Vase

c. 1625
Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625) won international fame for his flower pieces and landscapes, which celebrated the abundance and diversity of Nature, God’s creation. Capitalizing on his inventions, Brueghel had assistants make versions of his works: this is one of several paintings on the same theme, each with a different bouquet set in an elaborate ceramic vase. As the flowers do not all bloom at the same time, they must have been painted from a stock of models – indeed, certain of them appear in other paintings. This example is closer to those made under his son, Jan the Younger, who was trained by him and carried on the family business.

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].

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

Bouquet of Flowers in a Faience Vase
c. 1625
oil on oak
73 x 54.6 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1963
Accession number