This upcoming sale of Old Master paintings presents two exciting works of great historical value. The Battle of Lepanto, by Andries van Eertvelt, took place on 7 October 1571 and was fought between the forces of the Ottoman Empire and those of the Christian Holy league. The victory at Lepanto was a landmark in the history of western Christendom, for at one stroke it stemmed Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean. The large scale, the immense quantity of ships and the intensity of the presentation make this painting truly impressive.
Another important historical battle on offer is The Battle of Lützen, by Jan Asselijn, which took place on 16 November 1632 and was one of the most decisive battles of the Thirty Years' War. Although it cost the life of one of the most important leaders of the Protestant alliance, King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, the Protestant armies succeeded in forcing the Imperial troops to retreat. The battle became a favoured subject among artists in Protestant Holland.
The sale also features a selection of Marines by artists such as Abraham Willaerts, Aernout Smit, Abraham van Beijeren, Hendrick Staets, and Reinier Nooms, called Zeeman.
Other highlights include a poetic Landscape with figures on a path near a country house by Aert van de Neer, a colourful Still life with flowers and butterflies by Flemish painter Carstian Luyckx, and an exquisite Falconry still life with a dead partridge by William Gowe Ferguson, which is one the most refined still lifes in the artist's oeuvre.