(Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876)
A Paradise Riflebird (Lophorina paradisea) and a Blue-Throated Bee Eater (Merops viridis)
Signed and dated Edouard Travies pt. 1835. in the lower margin.
170 x 100 cm. (6 3/4 x 4 in.)
With a vast range that spans from southeastern China all the way to down to the Greater Sunda Islands of Borneo, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra, blue-throated bee-eaters can be found in a wide array of habitats in lower elevations. As is indicated by their name, blue-throated bee-eaters have a diet which consists of a variety of flying insects, including bees, wasps, dragonflies, beetles, and other large flies. A small, colourful bird, both adult males and females share the same plumage with a signature blue throat and long trailing central tail feathers. They are known to produce a number of different vocalisations, from long calls and alarm calls to low chirps, purrs, and sharp coos.
Thence by descent until 1988
Jeanson sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 16 June 1988, lot 297
Richard J. Schwartz, Upper Nyack, New York and Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Thence by descent until 2017.