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Follower of Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A peacock, a peahen, a monkey and other birds on a terrace

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Follower of Melchior d'Hondecoeter

Follower of Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A peacock, a peahen, a monkey and other birds on a terrace

A peacock, a peahen, a monkey and other birds on a terrace

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Follower of Melchior d'Hondecoeter

A peacock, a peahen, a monkey and other birds on a terrace


inscribed lower right: M. D. Hondecoeter

oil on canvas

canvas: 54 by 68 in.; 137.2 by 172.7 cm.

framed: 62 by 75½ in.; 157.5 by 191.8 cm.

The canvas has a fairly recent relining and is planar and stable. The paint surface is well-preserved under a somewhat thick varnish, which appears slightly uneven in some areas. The colors have remained vibrant and overall the painting is in good condition. Under ultraviolet light one can see scattered, small restorations which mostly address the craqueleure pattern and therefore are concentrated in the lighter area of the sky, and some in the shadows on the right side of the parrot at center. There are a few retouches in the brown background areas as well. None of these are bothersome or noticeable to the naked eye, and the painting can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Mount Juliet, Thomaston, Country Kilkenny, Ireland;
Amsterdam, Mak Van Waay, 16 October 1951, lot 31 (as Hondecoeter);
New York, Sotheby’s, 6 June 1985, lot 81 (as Hondecoeter and Studio);
With Oscar & Peter Johnson Ltd., London (as Hondecoeter and Studio);
There acquired by the late collector, 8 April 1986. 
During the 19th century, Melchior d'Hondecoeter was often called the "Raphael of bird painters," and indeed throughout his career, Hondecoeter maintained a narrow focus on the representation of birds, initially in dead game pieces, and later in his career in depictions of live birds, sometimes exotic species, in landscapes. Much of Hondecoeter's style was indebted to that of the great Flemish animal painter Frans Snyders, whose idiom and themes he embellished to suit the tastes of the wealthy patrician classes in Amsterdam. Hondecoeter's birds are painted on the scale of life and in true relation to each other, freely combining both familiar avians and more exotic species, one of the main reasons for their immediacy and decorative impact. The other is the extraordinary characterization and liveliness that Hondecoeter brought to his assembled feathered casts, as they act out their dramas in their garden settings.

The prime version of this composition was sold at Christie's New York, 26 January 2011, lot 25.