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Attributed to Johannes Cornelis de Bruyn (Utrecht 1802-1844)

Two peaches (recto); A faint study of pomegranates

with inscription on the old mount ‘JDBruyn’
watercolour, one graphite framing line (along the lower edge) 17 x 22.8 cm

Christiaan Pieter van Eeghen (1880–1968), and by descent.

While the inscription on the old mount reads ‘J D Bruyn’ it appears to be most likely that the attribution refers to Johannes Cornelis de Bruyn who specialised in still-life painting. Although very few drawings by him have survived, the attribution seems plausible. Similarly arranged peaches can be found numerous pictures by De Bruyn, such as in a stillife showing a bowl with grapes and peaches sold in 1992 [1] and another still-life in the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. [2]

[1] Dorotheum, Vienna, 23-24 June 1992, lot 110.
[2] inv. I-616.

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