Chickens and Ducks

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Chickens and Ducks

Melchior d' Hondecoeter

62 - zaal 12

Hondecoeter specialised in painting poultry. Here, the birds are startled by a barking dog, which appears from the left. A colourful cockerel struts off haughtily, the white duck protects her chicks and a pigeon flies off in haste.

This painting belongs with the painting of geese and ducks that is also hanging here. They come from the collection of the Orange-Nassau family, and were hung in Oranienstein Castle in Diez, Germany, in the eighteenth century.

oil no canvas
115 x 136 cm.
Collection William V, transferred 1816