Jan van Kessel the Elder

Antwerp 1626 - Antwerp 1679

A Flower Still-Life with Butterflies, Insects and Small Songbirds.

Oil on Panel, 22.5 x 17.2 cm

Signed and dated lower right: I.V. Kessel fecit, A°1669

Added strip of 5mm on top edge.



With Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam 1933;

Acquired by a Private Collector in 1933;Thence by descent;

Sotheby’s London, 3 December 2008, lot no. 22;

Koetser Gallery, Zurich;

Private Collection, Geneva, Switzerland;By descent to present owners.


M-L. Hairs, The Flemish Flowers Painters in the XVIIth Century, Brussels 1985, p. 483;

M-L. Hairs, vol II, Essai de Catalogue des oeuvres authentiques, p.34.

K. Ertz und C. Nitze-Ertz, Die Maler Jan van Kessel, Lingen 2012, cat. 518, ill., p.309.


Amsterdam, Jacques Goudstikker, Tentoonstelling Het Stilleven, 18 February-26 March 1933, no. 181;

Rotterdam, Boymans van Beuningen Museum, 1-23 April 1933, no. 49.