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STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS
IN A BASKET
PIETER CASTEELS II
1684 – 1749
Oil on canvas 22 ½ x 36 ½ inches
Framed size 27 ½ x 41 ¼ inches
Pieter Casteels was born in Antwerp on 3rd October 1684. He was the eldest son of Pieter Casteels and Elizabeth Bosschaert. The young Casteels was taught by his father and became a painter of decorative arrangements of flowers, birds and dead game. He also attended the Flemish School of Painting before emigrating to England circa 1708 with his brother in law, Pieter Tillemans.
In 1711 Casteels became a Director of the Kneller Academy and in 1713 returned to Antwerp briefly to become a Master.
His main practice was in London until 1735 where he specialized in accomplished arrangements of exotic birds in the manner of Hondecoeter; and was influenced by Gaspar Verbruggen and Jan Van Huysum. He is known to have occasionally painted small figure histories in architectural settings, but was fond of painting baskets of flowers for the over mantel of doorways.
Casteels also painted a series of works such as the ‘Twelve Months of Flowers’ (circa 1730), for Robert Furber, a nurseryman at Kensington and the ‘Twelve Months of Fruits’ followed in 1732.
In 1735 Casteels retired to Tooting and then to Richmond where he made designs for calico printing.
He died in Richmond, Surrey on 16th May 1749 at the age of 65.
Work represented: Museum of Lubeck and Major Museums of Europe.
Bibl: British 18th C Painters - Ellis Waterhouse
WAS £12,500 NOW £6,000
|Height||22.50 inch||(57.15 cm)|
|Width||36.50 inch||(92.71 cm)|
|External Height||27.50 inch||(69.85 cm)|
|External Width||41.25 inch||(104.77 cm)|
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