Private Collection, United Kingdom
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We have built up a strong reputation for the quality of the paintings, drawings and sculpture that we curate, exhibit and sell. Our professional associations with bodies such as The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and the Association of Art & Antique Dealers (LAPADA) are as a result of our reputation for integrity, our wide knowledge of fine arts and the high quality of our stock. Our business standards and expertise are reviewed regularly to adhere vigorously to enforced Codes. Our memberships and commitment to its Code of Conducts gives our buyers confidence when purchasing a work from us.
Condition reports and certificates of authenticity vary in their nature by artwork, for more information on your pieces of interest, please enquire with the gallery.
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Shipping and packaging requirements are assessed per piece to ensure the most suitable protection for the artwork. Trinity House will therefore call following purchase to agree the recommendations and costs.
Our After Sales services
We offer the following services which we will be happy to discuss with you following your purchase, alternatively, you can enquire for more information.
We offer insurance appraisals to protect your prised artwork and help you find the right cover and policy for you.
We are able to advise on framing and have access to every type and style to suit any artistic period or room setting.
The nature of the materials involved in a painting mean that on occasion some pieces are susceptible to movement and the effects of natural ageing. We are able to provide advice on practical measures to conserve the original condition of a piece and have relationships with restorers and framers to offer you a range of services to meet your needs.
Melchior d’Hondecoeter is one of the most renowned 17th century Dutch masters in his field, specialising in bird subjects, both domestic and exotic, often in vigorous movement and sometimes pointing a moral.
Born into a family of artists, Hondecoeter trained with his father Gysbert (1604–53), was also a bird painter, and his grandfather, Gillis (d1638), who was a landscapist. He went on to work in The Hague from 1659 to 1663 and then moved to Amsterdam where he obtained citizenship in 1668.
Later on Hondecoeter became known as the ‘Raphael of bird painters’ in the nineteenth century, which was due to his mastered depictions of a variety of exotic birds distinguished by their brightly coloured and carefully observed plumage. It seems that the artist studied the birds from life in oil sketches rather than making drawings. Only one of these modelli survives, Birds and animal sketches, consisting of detailed studies of seventeen birds and a squirrel.
During his lifetime, Hondecoeter’s works were greatly sought after. He painted large, decorative murals for the town and country houses of rich Amsterdam burghers. Outstanding among these are the murals which adorned Driemond, a large country house near Weesp that belonged to the merchant Adolph Visser (parts are now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich).
Today he has developed an international reputation with his vigorous canvases and is represented in many museums, including in the Rijksmuseum; the Historisch Museum, Amsterdam; the Alte Pinakothek, Munich; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hermitage, St Petersburg; the National Gallery, London.