School of Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, c. 1636-1699)
Flowers in a Vase
Unsigned, inscribed "Rachel Ruysch/1664-1750" on a handwritten label affixed to the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 27 x 20 in. (68.3 x 51.0 cm), in a period frame.
Condition: Lined, minor retouch, fine, stable craquelure.
Provenance: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, proceeds to benefit the acquisitions fund.
N.B. The consignor reports that Flowers in a Vase was purchased in 1936 from Vicars Brothers, Bond Street, London. At that time it was attributed to Rachel Ruysch, 1700-1750. Later, in 1957, painting consultant E. J. Speelman suggested it instead was by Monnoyer, circa 1680. Over the years, various authorship has been suggested, but a firm attribution remains elusive.
Unknown fragmentary label with the imprinted name "DURHAM" affixed to the stretcher.
Framed dimensions are 33 3/4 x 27 x 2 inches.
Recent retouch is minimal and includes two small brush strokes to the l.l. quadrant below the red flower (the larger line measuring 1 inch and the smaller one measuring 1/4 inch), as well as a thin broken line measuring about 6 inches along the left center edge that was probably to cover small losses from a line of craquelure from pressure from the stretcher. Fine craquelure overall. Surface dust.
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