Blackbird, Butterfly and Cherries
Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger (Arnemuiden 1609 - Utrecht 1645)
Oil painting on panel, Blackbird, Butterfly and Cherries by Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger (Arnemuiden 1609 - Utrecht 1645), signed lower right, on side of ledge: A.Bos[sc]ha[er]t, circa 1635. A ledge, with a sprig of cherry and cherries to the left, and a starling and illusionistic fly on the right; a red admiral butterfly flying with wings open above the cherry leaves.
In 1683 estimate and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
Makers and roles
Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger (Arnemuiden 1609 - Utrecht 1645), artist previously catalogued as by Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger (Arnemuiden 1609 - Utrecht 1645) or Abraham Bosschaert (in or near Middelburg 1612/13 – Utrecht 1643), artist
Thornton and Tomlin 1980 Peter Thornton, and Maurice Tomlin. “The Furnishing and Decoration of Ham House.” Furniture History, The Journal of The Furniture History Society Vol.XVI, 1980, p. 96 Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses (exh. cat.), Holburne Museum, Bath 25 May - 16 Sep 2018; Mauritshuis, The Hague, 11 Oct 2018 - 6 Jan 2019; Petworth House, West Sussex, 26 Jan - 24 Mar 2019., pp. 68-71, no. 4