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ANONYMOUS DUTCH PAINTER

 

'Pigeon from the Moluccas'
 

Annotated and dated Een duif uyt de Molukken, door een liefhebber aldaar, 1730 on the reverse side

 

 

Watercolour on paper, 29 x 23.5 cm

 

Note:

This is an early watercolour by an anonymous Dutch painter of a pigeon from the Moluccas, known as the “Molukse muskaatduif” (nutmeg-pigeon). only about twenty-five years after the famous scientist Georg Everhard Rumphius died in Ambon and his famous D’Amboinsche Rariteitkamer was published, illustrated by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717).