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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636-Amsterdam 1695)

Birds and a Spaniel in a Garden c.1660-95

RCIN 405354

Picture Gallery, Buckingham Palace

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Hondecoeter specialised in painting exotic birds in outdoor settings. The exotic fowl depicted was of a type to grace a country house at the time when aviaries were becoming fashionable.