(Antwerp 1607 - Antwerp 1678)
A Trophy of Armour on a Tree Branch
389 x 285 mm. (15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
Comparable trophies are also found atop a colonnade in the background of a small panel painting of Cybele (Rhea) by Quellinus, signed and dated 1663, in a Belgian private collection. The painting later served as a design for the frontispiece, engraved by Richard Collin, of Engelbert Flacchio’s 'Genealogie de la très-illustré, très-ancienne et autrefois souveraine maison de La Tour, où quantité d’autres familles trouveront leur extraction et parentage', devoted to the history of the Thurn und Taxis family and published in 1709.
In the context of military trophies like that depicted on the present sheet, it is also interesting to note that Quellinus assisted Rubens in making painted copies after some of Andrea Mantegna’s Triumph of Caesar paintings, now at Hampton Court, in which similar motifs appear.
Galerie Paul Prouté, Paris in c.1976
Paul Mathias Polakovits, New York and Paris (Lugt 3561), by 1984
Thence by descent.