Attributed to Isaak Soreau

Hanau, 1604 - Frankfurt am Main, after 1645

A Still Life of Apricots and Grapes in a 'Wan-li' porcelain Bowl


Oil on panel
H. 40,5 cm. W. 53 cm.


Anonymous sale; Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
With Gallery A. van der Meer, November 1963, as nr.8;
Anonymous sale, Philips, London, United Kingdom, 4 July 1989, as lot nr. 33;
Anonymous sale, Ader-Picard-Tajan, Hotel George V, Paris, France, 9 April 1990, as lot nr. 44, as by Jacob van Hulsdonck, sold for 1.400.000 FR.F;
Anonymous sale, Tajan, Hotel George V, Paris, France, 20 December 200, as by Jacob van Hulsdonck;
Private collection, Paris, France


Catalogue Note 

Dr. Fred G. Meijer, former Curator Old Master Painting of the RKD, The Hague, states that the present painting is a free variation on a still life with the same composition by Jacob van Hulsdonck. (sale Hotel Drouot, Paris, France, 4 July 1989, as lot nr. 280)

According to the RKD Isaak Soreau was the son of the painter Daniel Soreau, and the twin brother of Peter, who went to live in Amsterdam on the Herengracht, where he became engaged on 17 April 1677, aged 31, to Louysa Eygels. His witness was his mother Constantia Hochepied. His works are strongly reminiscent of the painter Jacob van Hulsdonck, leading historians to believe that he must have worked for him in his workshop in Antwerp at some point, though this as yet has not been firmly documented, and it is more likely that he was taught by Georg Flegel during his Frankfurt years, whose works have been attributed in the past to Osias Beert. Soreau, the son of an Antwerp painter in Frankfurt, specialized in 'table-top still lifes', featuring fruits, flowers, and insects.

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