Fruit in a Pewter Bowl with a Parrot
Jakob Bogdani (Eperjes (now Presov), Hungary c.1660 – Finchley 1724)
The first painter of birds and still lifes in England was the native artist, Francis Barlow. While he had no follower, as such, in his faithful interpretation of native birds and animals, there was the Hungarian born artist Jacob Bogdani, who specialized in more exotic birds. In his flamboyant arrangement of the birds and fruit there is something of a Baroque swagger, associated with the Dutch painter, Hondecoeter. The assemblages are probably the result of combining painstaking sketches, drawn at different places and times, with entirely imaginary backgrounds. Such decorative paintings were made to adorn dining rooms or hunting rooms of large country houses.
Oil painting on canvas, Fruit in a Pewter Bowl with a Parrot by Jakob Bogdani (Eperjes (now Presov), Hungary c.1660 – Finchley 1724), signed Jr Bogdane. Large silver bowl filled with fruit and flowers, placed on a mantle ledge on which a parrot is perched, brown drape on left of marble ledge, distant landscape view to the right with poplars and a cloudy sky. Label on frame 'J. Bogdani 1670-1724. From the Norfolk House Collection'.
Duke of Norfolk sale, Christies, Feb 1938, lot 64, with companion (NT 515491); bought Leggatt; bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection (National Trust)
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Jakob Bogdani (Eperjes (now Presov), Hungary c.1660 – Finchley 1724), artist