A Basket and Birds

Jan Fyt (Flemish, 1611–1661)

Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 30 1/4 in. (60.3 x 76.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    Étienne-Joseph-Théophile Thoré (Willi Bürger), Paris (until d. 1869); private collection, Paris (until 1870); William T. Blodgett, Paris (from 1870; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, Paris, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1870–71; sold to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 12.

    New York. Union League Club. "Exhibition from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 23, 1969–January 2, 1970, checklist no. 2.

  • References

    F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 74, as by Fyt.

    Emil Carlsen in The Encyclopædia Britannica. 21, 14th ed. London, 1929, pl. III.

    Edith Greindl. Les peintres flamands de nature morte au XVIIe siècle. Brussels, 1956, p. 166, as among unsigned works ascribed to Fyt.

    Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 99–100; vol. 2, pl. 42, calls this and "A Hare and Birds" (MMA 71.44) very probably pendants, possibly intended as overdoors.

    Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, p. 20.

    Frances Suzman Jowell. "Thoré-Bürger's Art Collection: 'A Rather Unusual Gallery of Bric-à-Brac'." Simiolus 30, no. 1/2 (2003), pp. 70–71, 93, 112, 116, fig. 36.

    Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 197, 208, 245, appendix 1A no. 107, ill. p. 209 and fig. 34 (installation photograph).

  • Notes

    This painting and "A Hare and Birds" (MMA 71.44) are probably pendants.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History