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European Art
Artist: Melchior d’Hondecoeter, Dutch, 1636–1695

Animals and Plants of the Forest

ca. 1670–80

Oil on canvas

81.3 × 64.8 cm (32 × 25 1/2 in.)
Bequest of Dr. Herbert and Monika Schaefer
On view
17th century

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)

This work appears on our "Artworks with Nazi-Era Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
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