Jacob Van Roon a Dutch Painter early 20thc depiction of Mechoir d'Hondecoeter's (1636-1695) 'The White Peacock' a largish painting, Oil on canvas, signed. Had one hole restored on brown part pillar holding broken stone vase and very small paint loss on tail of peacock, otherwise a highly attractive and decorative painting of great quality. With a Pheasant, Lapwing, Magpie, Brown Spider Monkey, Cockerel, Bantams and a guinea Fowl in a ornamental parkland.
The White Peacock originally painted c1860 is in Staatliche Museen, Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Kassel and has been copied by a few great artists.
Width Total in Frame 122 cm and Height 91 cm
Melchior de Hondecoeter was a painter who specialised in depicting birds of all types. He began his training with his father Gijsbert, who also painted animals, as did his grandfather Gillis. Hondecoeter continued his training with his uncle, the famous artist Jan Baptist Weenix, whose technique and use of colour is evident in his own style. A perceptive observer, Hondecoeter generally depicted domestic and wild birds, painted with great accuracy with regard to their plumage and with subtle nuances and a mastery of textures that won him great renown. His skill in this genre is evident in his marvellous studies of the birds’ movements as they walk, turn, fight, eat, scavenge or simply stand immobile against a landscape background. This type of painting was highly appreciated in its day and was purchased to decorate middle-class mansions and aristocratic country residences. Among Hondecoeter’s most prominent clients was the Stadtholder William III, who commissioned a canvas for his hunting lodge depicting a Pelican and other Birds by a Reservoir (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).
Condition : As described
Materials : Oil Painting on Canvas
Origin : British
Manufacture Date : c1920