Pair of Still Lifes of Flowers and Fruit

Tulips, carnations, morning glory, chrysanthemums and other flowers in a bronze urn on a stone ledge with a basket of grapes, peaches and a melon with a parrot and a rabbit nearby.
Roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, jasmine and other flowers in a bronze urn on a stone ledge with grapes, peaches and pomegranates, a parrot on a branch above.


1658 - 1724
Pair oils on canvas 52 ¾ x 38 ¼ inches
Framed size 60 ¼ x 45 ¼ inches

Franz Werner von Tamm was born on 6 March 1658 in Hamburg. He became a painter of religious subjects, hunting scenes, portraits, landscapes with figures, still life’s including flowers/fruit/game, decorative schemes and murals.
Von Tamm studied under Diedrich von Sosten and Hans Pfeiffer. He went to Rome in 1685 to continue his studies and stayed for ten years forming his style after the work of Nuzzi who had died in 1673. While there he married the daughter of an Augsburg goldsmith and is known to have come in contact with Carlo Maratti and Vanvitelli.
In about 1700 Tamm was called to Vienna to enter the service of Leopold I. He was also appointed court painter and worked for the Prince of Liechtenstein.
His work was included in a collective exhibition on the theme of still life in Italy, entitled Stille Welt. Italienische Stilleben aus drei Jahrhunderten (Still World: Three Centuries of Italian Still- life Painting) at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich in 2003.
He began by painting history pictures and portraits, then he specialised in still life’s, preferring to paint game, flowers and fruit against a background landscape.
He painted garlands of flowers in Carlo Maratti’s works, notably in an over door work in the Louvre, in Paris. He also painted a picture of the Bleeding of St Paul for the church of St Paul in Passau.
His works have strong lines and harmonising colours. His later style is considered to be much better, as it does not exhibit certain heaviness present in his early works.

Franz Werner von Tamm died on 10 July 1724 in Vienna.

Works in Museums & Galleries: Dresden; Gotha; Hamburg; Milan; Rome; Vienna.

Bibl: Benezit
European Flower Painters – Peter Mitchell

Provenance: The Palace of the Marquez de Praia e Monforte, Lisbon, thence by decent.
Height 52.75 inch (133.98 cm)
Width 38.25 inch (97.15 cm)
External Height 60.25 inch (153.03 cm)
External Width 45.25 inch (114.93 cm)
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