flowerbasket by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer


Engraving of a large bouquet of flowers in a basket, by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. Published  ca. 1700 by Pieter Schenk in Amsterdam. The image is 50 x 41 cm (excluding text) The print is delivered in a beautiful passe partout. The total dimensions are 77 x 65 cm. The print is in excellent condition, fresh in color and free of creases or stains.

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Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (12 January 1636 – 20 February 1699) was a Franco-Flemish painter who specialised in flower pieces. He was attached to the Gobelins tapestry workshops and the Beauvais tapestry workshops, too, where he produced cartoons of fruit and flowers for the tapestry-weavers, and at Beauvais was one of three painters who collaborated to produce cartoons for the suite The Emperor of China. He was born at Lille, but was in Paris by 1650, where he was documented working on the decors of the Hôtel Lambert. He was taken up by Charles Le Brun for decorative painting at the Château de Marly and at the Grand Dauphin’s residence, the Château de Meudon. He was received at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1665 with a piece of the genre that he made his specialty, a still life of flowers and fruit combined with objets d’art. His only appearance at the Paris salon was in 1673, when four paintings of flowers were exhibited by “M. Baptiste In 1690, he left France for England, to work on painting decorations for Montagu House, Bloomsbury, London, where he produced over fifty panels of fruit and flowers for overmantels and overdoors, some of which have survived at Boughton House, Northamptonshire. He died in London in 1699. His suites of engravings, most notably Le Livre de toutes sortes de fleurs d’après nature show flowers with botanical accuracy and served decorative designers for decades. Monnoyer’s engravings of flower pieces were being used by tapestry makers, such as at the Soho tapestry works in London, long after his death. In the twentieth century the poet Wallace Stevens invoked Monnoyer’s title Livre de toutes sortes de fleurs d’après nature in his philosophical poem “Esthéthique du Mal”, whose centrality to Stevens’ work was stressed by Harold Bloom;  for Stevens “all sorts of flowers” epitomized the anodyne and sentimental poem, attempting to address and assuage “all sorts of misfortune”.


Pieter Schenk (I), Petrus Schenck (Elberfeld, December 26, 1660 – Leipzig, 1711) was a German engraver and mapmaker. Together with his son of the same name, Pieter Schenk (II), Schenck was one of the most important figures in Saxon cartography in the first half of the 18th century. Schenck has published more than 800 mezzotints. He is not the brother of the composer Johan Schenck. Petrus Schenck spent his internship or joined the Amsterdam engraver and card publisher Gerard Valck. In 1687 he married Aefje Valck, the sister of his teacher or employer. They initially focused on portraits and maps in the mezzotint engraving intended for the English market. Later the production of cards came to the fore. While Valck concentrated on the production of globes, Schenck focused on making maps. Schenck lived in the Jordaan on the Lauriergracht. The couple had six children, all of whom were baptized in the Westerkerk. Around 1700 he established himself as a globen, card and art dealer in Leipzig, where he visited the Leipziger Messe. He died between 12 August and 17 November 1711 during a stay in Leipzig. His son Pieter (1693-1775) married Anna Grevink in 1726. The couple had eight children. In 1731 he lived in the Warmoesstraat. Schenk produced one of the most beautiful maps of Switzerland. His mother died in 1750 and then lived on Dam Square. Schenk II was buried from a building in the Kalverstraat.

Source: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_Schenk_(I)


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