Eight bidders show flower power

Eight determined bidders were on hand when Karl & Faber (25% buyer’s premium) sold a floral still-life by Nicolaes van Veerendael (1640-91) at auction in Munich.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Jonathan Franks

The floral still-life by Nicolaes van Veerendael that sold for €290,000 (£256,640) at Karl & Faber.

The 20 x 17in (52 x 42cm) canvas with an opulent composition of roses, tulips, hibiscus and brambles was dated 1672 – it is one of the few paintings by the artist that are dated.

Van Veerendael received numerous commissions from the wealthy merchants of his home town of Antwerp. He not only worked on his own, but also cooperated with Jan Davidsz de Heem. A jointly signed still-life belongs to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

The painting sold in this auction had been in a south German collection for many decades and was guided at €50,000-60,000 in the catalogue for the November 9 sale.

An international dealer went way over the odds to beat his competitors: the hammer finally fell at €290,000 (£256,640).