Chickens and Ducks

Hondecoeter, Melchior d'c. 1680


Den Haag, Netherlands

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.


  • Title: Chickens and Ducks
  • Creator: Hondecoeter, Melchior d'
  • Date Created: c. 1680
  • Physical Dimensions: h115 cm x w136 cm
  • Provenance: Princess Henriette Catharina; Oranienstein Palace, Diez, 1726; by descent to Prince William V, The Hague, 1776
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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