• Hunt Still Life in a Niche
  • Hunt Still Life in a Niche
  • Hunt Still Life in a Niche
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Hunt Still Life in a Niche

1st half of the 18th c.
Object type
122,0 x 85,5 cm
Acquisition date
The Palace on the Isle - Picture Gallery, ground floor
Marks and inscriptions
red number 3 of the Stanisław August collection, bottom right
Place of Origin
Netherlands (Europe)
The Royal Łazienki
Museum number
ŁKr 883
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The painting was the property of August Sułkowski at Rydzyna, as shown by the number on the back of the original canvas which came to light during conservation work carried out in 2013 ... . The painting was probably acquired for Stanisław August’s collection from Sułkowski, together with a group of at least eight other paintings ... .

There are many close analogies to this composition in works by Willem van Aelst, mostly dating from the 1670s ... . The composition with slaughtered birds on a stone slab, the dominant motif being a dead rooster, and hunting paraphernalia—a hunting horn, falcon hood and bag—can be found in an almost identical configuration in paintings by van Aelst. The Łazienki picture may be a work by a skilled follower of van Aelst or a copy of an unknown painting by the master not recorded in the RKD files. Although correctly painted, it is not on a par with the masterful finish and saturated colours of van Aelst’s original paintings. ... [See D. Juszczak, H. Małachowicz, The Stanisław August Collection of Paintings at the Royal Łazienki. Catalogue, Royal Łazienki Museum, Warsaw 2016, no. 1, pp. 47–49.]

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