Animals and Plants of the Forest Artist: Melchior d'Hondecoeter (Dutch, 1636–1695)

ca. 1670–80

European Art

Not on view

Oil on canvas


unframed: 32 × 25 1/2 in. (81.3 × 64.8 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dr. Herbert and Monika Schaefer

Accession Number



17th century


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Düsseldorfer Auktionshaus, Düsseldorf, November 2004 (as Anonymous). Rafael Valls Limited, London, by March 2005 (inv. no. 16) (as Melchior d’Hondecoeter) [see note 1]; Dr. Herbert Schaefer (1910–2011) and Mrs. Monika Schaefer (died 2019), Malaga, Spain, by 2005; on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2005–2019; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2019

Note 1: In March 2005, the painting was exhibited at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), Maastricht, by Rafael Valls, Ltd. The attribution to Melchior d’Hondecoeter was suggested shortly thereafter by Frederick Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague (the Netherlands Institute for Art History) (RKD image no. 0000130615; RKD corr. 05-460)
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Object/Work type

animal art


Signed, indistinctly, mid-left: Hondecoeter

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