Bronze Bowl of Flowers with a Parrot
Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1634-99), called Baptiste
oil on canvas, 70 x 103cm
Carved and gilded Palladian frame with egg and dart and Vitruvian scroll ornament, surmounted by a shell, volutes and acanthus leaves with swags of acanthus and oak leaves at the bottom, probably supplied by Benjamin Goodison, c. 1735-45. Carved in pine this frame retains the original burnished water gilding.
One of a set of three paintings by Monnoyer in matching frames which now hang at Boughton and which were reframed in accordance with Henry Flitcroft's Palladian decorative scheme at Montagu House, Whitehall. Benjamin Goodison was working regularly for the 2nd Duke during the 1730s and 1740s and was directly involved in moving paintings by Monnoyer from the old house in Bloomsbury.
PROVENANCE Ralph, 1st Duke of Montag. The picture originally hung at Montagu House, Bloomsbury and was transferred to the mew Montagu House, Whitehall in the 1730s.
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