Belle Époque
20 March 2019


the panel of rectangular form, depicting a twin-handled vase sitting on a rosewood surface, issuing a large bouquet of flowers in engraved mother-of-pearl, including carnations, roses, pansies and tulips, on an ebony ground, in an unglazed giltwood frame
26cm x 20cm
Estimate £8,000-12,000 + fees

Note: Dirck van Rijswijck was born in Cleves, Germany and trained as a goldsmith, but was celebrated during, and after, his life for his inlay work using mother-of-pearl, placed on ebony or black marble surfaces. He created both pictures of still lives popular in Dutch painting of the time, like the present lot, and table tops. One such table top even inspired the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) to write a piece about Van Rijswijck's work, stating that one would never need to travel overseas nor read intellectual books to find exquisite art ever again, as it was held within the nearby home of Van Rijswijck. During his career, Van Rijswijck, lived in both Antwerp, and Amsterdam, where all of his inlay work is thought to have been created. Despite the description of him being a goldsmith, no known pieces of jewellery or objet de vertu by him exist, although he was known to have made medals.
The Met Museum, New York, have a signed still life picture by Van Rijswijck, and the Rijks Museum have an inlaid marble table top by him.