Jean Bernard (Amsterdam 1765 - ? 1833)
Two Pea Pods on a Stem Sold
Watercolour and grey wash, with framing lines in pencil. Signed with initials J.B. at the lower right and dated 1801 in pencil at the lower left. Inscribed (in a modern hand) Un petit cadeau! on the verso.180 x 231 mm. (7 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.)ENQUIRE
Among stylistically comparable watercolour drawings by Jean Bernard is a study of a passion flower, executed around 1825, in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Also in the Rijskmuseum are similar watercolour studies by Bernard of a bunch of grapes and a larger study of an artichoke, dated October 1797.
Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] on the verso)Thence by descent until 2014.
Laurens J. Bol, Bekoring van het kleine, exhibition catalogue, Dordrecht, 1959-1960, p.20, no.13.