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Still Life of Flowers in a Basket by an Alabaster Urn by Spaendonck

Cross stitch chart or counted cross stitch kit from the Scarlet Quince Dutch Masters Fine Art Collection.

Gerard van Spaendonck (22 March 1746 - 11 May 1822) was a Dutch painter.

Gerard was born in Tilburg, an older brother of Cornelis van Spaendonck (1756-1840), who was also a renowned artist. In the 1760s he studied with decorative painter Guillaume-Jacques Herreyns (1743-1827) in Antwerp. In 1769 he moved to Paris, and in 1774 was appointed miniature painter in the court of Louis XVI. In 1780 he succeeded Madeleine Françoise Basseporte (1701-1780) as professor of floral painting at the Jardin des Plantes, and shortly afterwards was elected a member of the Académie des beaux-arts.

Gerard van Spaendonck painted with both oil and watercolours. He contributed over fifty works to the Vélins du Roi, which was a famous collection of botanical watercolours possessed by French royalty. From 1799 to 1801 he published twenty-four plates of his Fleurs Dessinees d'apres Nature (Flowers Drawn from Life), which were high-quality engravings for students of floral painting. Today, Fleurs Dessinees d'apres Nature is a highly treasured book on floral art.

In 1788 Spaendonck was appointed adviser to the Académie, and in 1795 he became a founding member of the Institut de France. In 1804 he received the Légion d'honneur and soon afterwards was ennobled by Napoleon Bonaparte. He died in Paris.

This piece is an elaborate arrangement of flowers spilling out of a shallow basket resting on a carved table. Next to the flowers is a small marble column carved with Greek figures which is being used as a pedestal for an alabaster urn which has mermaid figures as handles. The bouquet includes roses, peonies, poppies, delphiniums, hibiscus, morning glories, primroses, columbines, and other flowers. There are also a couple of butterlies and other insects flitting about it. (1787)

Approx: 22" x 28" or 55 x 71cm - when worked on 18ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.

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