Jan Brueghel The Younger (Antwerp, 1601-1678) Bouquet of flowers in a Wan-Li porcelain vase, late 1620s Oil on panel 56 x 40.5 cm Certificate from Dr. Klaus Ertz Provenance: De Jonckheere, 1985; private collection
Symbolising the ties between China and Europe in the seventeenth century, this elegant floral composition bears witness to the talent of Jan Brueghel the Younger. One of the finest floral painters of his time, he combined an unaffected opulence with sober compositions. The finesse of the flowers and the harmonious colours are the hallmarks of his delicate hand and brilliant observation. Working for many years in the family workshop, which he took over upon his father's death, Jan Brueghel the Younger was able to familiarise himself with the various models. Although his style was influenced by his father, he nevertheless took liberties, as is the case here in this Bouquet of flowers in a Wan-Li Porcelain Vase.