David de Coninck (Flemish, 1644-1701)
A Still Life of Fruit on a Silver Dish with Figure, Rabbits, Parrot, and Monkey Beneath a Broken Capital and an Ornamental Urn
Oil on canvas
48 5/8 x 69 1/8 in. (123.5 x 175.6cm)
Christie's, London, sale of July 15, 1949, lot 38 (as Frans Snyders, Flemish, 1579-1657).
Acquired directly from the above sale.
Mallet & Son, London, United Kingdom.
Collection of William Randolph Hearst, California.
Sotheby's, Los Angeles, sale of November 7, 1977, lot 132 (as Flemish School, late 17th Century).
Sotheby's, London, sale of December 12, 1990, lot 70 (as by David de Coninck).
Private Collection, Florida.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, no. 49.33.2 (on loan from the Collection of William Randolph Hearst).
The present work was painted during de Coninck’s time in Rome, circa 1671-1694, probably in the 1680s. De Coninck very rarely signed his works, which is why many of his paintings have been wrongly attributed to other artists, such as Joannes Fijt, Frans Snijders, Abraham Brueghel, and his teacher, Peeter Boel.
We wish to thank Dr. Fred Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, also known as the R.K.D., for confirming the authenticity of the present lot and for his kind assistance in cataloguing it.