Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695)
Garniture of seven vases with covers. Porcelain painted enamels in colour panels reserved on a claret ground and gilt. Said to have been for George III as a present to Lady Cope on her marriage in 1767 and subsequently in the possesion of Lord Dudley, hence their title 'The Dudley Vases'. The painting in the panel on the central vase representing Alpheus and Arthusa is copied from an engraving by Etienne Fessard after a painting by Pierre-Charles Tremolieres, 1703-39. The bird painting being in the manner of M. de Hondecoeter. Maker's mark - gold anchor mark. 1765 (circa).
Makers and roles
Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695), painter (birds)