Jacob van Hulsdonck
Antwerp 1582 - 1642
Still life with fruit in a wan li dish.
Oil on panel, 32 x 22 cm
Signature lower right: VHVLSDONCK.FE
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s 8 July 1981, lot 20;
With Richard Green London;
Sale London, Sotheby’s 4 July 1990, lot 5;
With Jonckheere Paris, Bruxelles;
Private collection, The Netherlands since 1991.
Catalogue Jonckheere, Paris Bruxelles, 1991 no.9.
Jacob van Hulsdonck was originally from Antwerp but moved to Middelburg at a young age. It is speculated that while in Middelburg he received some training and may even have been apprenticed to Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. By 1608 van Hulsdonck had returned to Antwerp as he was then registered as a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in that year. Van Hulsdonck played a role in the early development of the genre of still lifes of fruit, banquets and flowers. Although he must have been familiar with the work of the Bosschaert studio, his work shows more affinity with the work of Osias Beert and even Hieronymous Francken II, two still life artists active in early 17th century Antwerp. Van Hulsdonck possibly worked in their circle before becoming a master in the Guild of Saint Luke.