Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 251

J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 
.
Basket with Roses on a Sill,

(Kurv med roser på en karm)
Oil on canvas,

x
⅔
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Nellemann & Thomsen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

(described as:
Opstilling med sammen
fl
ettede rosengrene
i en kurv på en træplade)
; Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot
, ill. p.

.
T
he basket, like the vase, is an accessory seen in classical Dutch
fl
ower painting. Here it is placed asym-
metrically in the picture to allow room for a garland of roses winding round the basket and ending in
a bud. A single yellow rose forms an important contrasting splash of colour amidst the red and white.
The picture was painted the year in which Jensen became a member of the Royal Danish Academy of
Fine Arts. In another piece he painted in that year, a similar garland is seen in an arrangement made up of
seasonal
fl
owers brought together in a single composition.
The rose was Jensen’s preferred
fl
ower. Another painting entitled
A Basket of Roses (En Kurv med Roser,

)
was sold at the auction of the Dowager Queen Caroline Amalie’s estate at Amalienborg Palace on

April

, lot no.

. It has the same measurements as the painting in the Loeb collection,
¼
x
¾
inches,
but changed in pencil in one of the catalogues to
⁷⁄₁₂
x
⅓
inches. But the painting thus sold was dated

. So unless there is a printing error in the catalogue, this cannot be the painting now in the Loeb col-
lection.
A Basket of Roses,
no.

, was sold to the bookseller Philipsen.
Queen Caroline Amalie was widowed on the death of Christian VIII in

. She was born at Augusten-
borg Castle in the Southern Jutland duchies in

.
M.T.
The following
fl
owers are seen in the picture, clockwise from the yellow rose:
Rosa hemispherica pre-

, “Sulphur Rose,” Rosa gallica “Assemblages de Beautés”

; syn “Rouge
Éblouissante”; Rosa centifolia “Muscrosa” pre-

, “Common Moss”; Rosa centifolia “Major” L. pre-

,
“Cabbage Rose,” Rosa centifolia pomponiana, “Pompon de Bourgogne,” pre-

, “Burgundian Rose”
(the small
fl
ower immediately below the large white one); Rosa Centifolia “Alba”

; syn. “Unique
Blanche,” “White Province,” Rosa? (centifolia variants); Rose foetida “Bicolor,” pre-

, “Austrian Cop-
per”; Rosa gallica again, above the yellow “Sulphur Rose.”
T.T.
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