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Jakob Bogdani (c. 1660-1720)

Flowers in a Vase c.1688-1710

RCIN 402811

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The idea of painting large-scale decorative canvases full of exotic birds in a formal garden setting was invented in Holland by Melchior de Hondecoeter (1636-95, see for example 405354). Bogdani was born in Hungary and moved to Amsterdam in 1684, where Melchior de Hondecoeter was then working and where Bogdani must have learned or at least perfected his specialism – the depiction of plants, birds and animals. In 1688 he settled in England, where, according to George Vertue, he was ‘much encouraged’ by Queen Anne as well as working for William III. This was probably painted for Queen Anne as part of the decoration of the King's Closet at Hampton Court, where it still hangs. A collection of flowers in a richly carved silver vase, standing on a marble ledge beside a small parrot. Signed 'J. Bogdani'