Masterfully still life with flowers in a stone urn with landscape on the background was executed in the end of 17th century in the style and quality of famous Franco-Flemish flower painter Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636 Lille - 1699 London). The time of creation (end 17 century) was confirmed by Vienna old master expert Mr.Dr.Wolf . For comparison with famous works by Monnoyer see links: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/monnoyer_jean-baptiste.htmlhttp://www.richard-green.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=45&tabindex=44&artistid=736http://www.artnet.de/Artists/ArtistHomepage.aspx?artist_id=11990&page_tab=Past_auction_results
Monnoyer is famed for his decorative flowerpieces, found in many country houses in France and England. Born in Lille in 1636, Monnoyer first studied in Antwerp, before going to Paris where he rapidly established his reputation. In 1665 he was accepted as a member of the Academy; in 1673 he exhibited four paintings at the Salon.Patronized by Le Brun, Louis XIV´s Minister of Arts, Jean Baptiste Monnoyer was employed to decorate the royal palaces at Versailles, Vincennes, Trianon, Meudon and Marly. He also designed floral motifs and borders for the Gobelins and Beauvais tapestry works.In 1678 the Duke of Montagu, British Ambassador to Louis XIV, persuaded Monnoyer to accompany him to England, where he won immediate acclaim, painting flowerpieces and still lifes to adorn the homes of the aristocracy. His works decorated Boughton, Montagu House (now the site of the British Museum), Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court; his patrons included Queen Mary, the Duke of St. Albans and the Earl of Carlisle. A number of engravings were made after Monnoyer´s paintings, extending his reputation beyond the circle of his aristocratic patrons.During his prolific career, Monnoyer executed easel paintings and designs for overdoors and overmantels; his works show an awareness of Flemish and Italian baroque flower paintings, imbued with a French delicacy and an all-pervasive freshness of vision.The work of Jean Baptiste Monnoyer is represented at Versailles; Hampton Court; the Hermitage, St Petersburg; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Louvre, Paris; the Musee Fabre, Montpellier and the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen.
Literature: Benezit (Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs) ; Thieme/Becker (Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon".
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 26 3/4" x h 41 " (68 x 104 cm ) , framed 30 1/2" x 44 " ( 76 x 112 cm )
Condition : in good condition to the age. Canvas was professional relined in 18th/19th century .