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A Hunter’s Bag on a Terrace  1678

by Melchior d'Hondecoeter

In 1674 William III commissioned the construction of a new hunting lodge, Soestdijk, which was completed a mere four years later. Hondecoeter painted two grand hunting still lifes to be set in two arched niches in the entrance hall. The orange tree in the large [br]garden vase alludes to the House of Orange. The park is populated by all kinds of birds, including peacocks a...
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum