A farmyard scene with a cockerel, hens, a pigeon and a turkey
A farmyard scene with a cockerel, hens, a pigeon and a turkey

MELCHIOR DE HONDECOETER (c.1636-c.1695)

A farmyard scene with a cockerel, hens, a pigeon and a turkey

1636 to 1695 Netherlands

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Studio of Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1636-1695)
A farmyard scene with a cockerel, hens, a pigeon and a turkey
Oil on canvas
101.5 x 94 cm (40 x 37 1/8 in) In a period carved and gilt frame

Melchior d'Hondecoeter ( c. 1636 – 3 April 1695), Dutch animalier painter, was born in Utrecht and died in Amsterdam. After the start of his career, he painted virtually exclusively bird subjects, usually exotic or game, in park-like landscapes. Hondecoeter’s paintings featured geese (brent goose, Egyptian goose and red-breasted goose), fieldfares, partridges, pigeons, ducks, northern cardinal, magpies and peacocks, but also African grey crowned cranes, Asian sarus cranes, Indonesian yellow-crested cockatoos, an Indonesian purple-naped lory and grey-headed lovebirds from Madagascar.
Colonel R. S. Clarke, Borde Hill (according to a label on the reverse);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 November 1966, lot 23, for £700 to L. Koetser;
L. Koetser, from whom acquired by the family of the present owner; Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 30 July 1976, lot 130, as M. d'Hondecoeter;
Private Collection, London Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 October 2003, lot 69;
Private Collection, London.
London, The Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1952-1953, no. 430, as M. Hondecoeter.
Dimensions
Height 101.50 cm (39.96 inches)
Width 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Medium
oil on canvas
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