Thursday, 26 April 2018

"Jacob Boutats" is manner or circle of Jan Brueghel II

Hotel de Ventes de Monte Carlo, in Monaco, sells on 28 April 2018 a "Jacob Boutats" Bird concert, a small (27 by 37 cm) oil on panel estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 Euro.

The RDK lists three other (even smaller) versions of the same composition, but attributes them to "Circle of Jan Brueghel II" (1, 2, 3). Among the six works by Jacob Bouttats they list are no really similar works, but all have Brueghel-like (or Roelant Savery-like) animals in them in scenes from Paradise or Orpheus. I can find one other copy of this work much larger at 64 by 52 cm) which was sold as "Circle of Bouttats" in 1997, but without further indications this seems rather speculative.

This panel was offered at Artcurial in 2013 as "Flemish School, early 17th century, workshop of Jan Brueghel". The estimate seems about right, even though this is a good but not the best copy of this work.

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