Margaretha Haverman (1693-1795)

Artist Name Margaretha Haverman (1693-1795)
Title Flowers in a Vase on a Ledge
Description This superb Dutch 18th century Old Master floral oil painting is ascribed verso to noted female artist Margaretha Haverman, only pupil of Jan van Huysum and has excellent provenance. Painted circa 1740 it was part of the collection of Ruth, Vicountess Lee of Fareham from 1869-1966 who, along with her husband was an avid art collector and instigators of the Courtauld Institute to which they bequeathed several artworks. Following this, in 1967 the painting went to Scotland to Forss House. Haverman holds an important place in the Dutch painting scene, one reason being her beautiful and creative colour pigments. This mixed floral arrangement is in a classical vase on a ledge. The flowers include roses, peonies, carnations and tulips  amongst others and are a mix of reds, orange and yellows and white with a range of green foliage. A small white butterfly hovers in the foreground. The colours are vibrant but harmonised and the detail superb. In the background one can see trees and a sphinx. This is a superb example of the skill of a Dutch female artist from the 18th century and the painting is housed in an 18th century carved frame to finish it off. 
Provenance  Ruth, Viscountess Lee of Fareham (1869-1966).
Ruth Moore, was the wife of the 1st Viscount Lee. The Lees were ambitious picture collectors, and Lord Lee persuaded Samuel Courtauld to endow the University of London with the famous institute and art collection which bears his name. Lady Lee bequeathed a number of paintings to the Courtauld Institute while other pictures were sent for sale at Christie's in November 1966. 

Bought from Frost & Reed (as by Margareta Haverman), 41 New Bond Street, London in 1967 by Mrs Radclyffe of Forss House, Thurso Caithness Scotland. Letters, photographs and receipts from Frost and Reed to Mrs Radclyffe. 

Frost and Reed London Gallery label verso bearing details. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 25 x 31 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate 18th century carved and gilded frame, 38 inches by 32 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Margaretha Haverman (1693 - 1795) was a female Dutch still-life painter. She was born in either Breda or Amsterdam and was the daughter of a School master. She studied and trained under the flower painter Jan van Huysum and it is believed that Haverman was the only pupil that van Huysum took under his tutelage. After disappointment in love,  In 1721 Haverman moved to Paris and married the architect Jaques de Mondoteguy. Her husband had worked as a merchant in Amsterdam for 20 years and was a native of Bayonne, France. She followed him to Bayonne where he died in 1939. She then left Bayonne with her two children.  In 1722, she was admitted to the Royal Academy in Paris, but was expelled one year later under the pretext that the piece she presented was not her creation, but the work of her tutor, Jan van Huysum. Although there is scarce information about her life and only two signed paintings (one in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the other in the Statens Museum for Kunst), Haverman holds an important place in the Dutch painting scene, one reason being her beautiful and creative colour pigments. She had a freer approach to painting than her more formalised master. Indeed the majority of her pictures manage to combine the austerity of the Dutch with the romantic gaiety of 18th century France. 
Price £30000
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