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PROPERTY RESTITUTED TO THE HEIRS OF BRUNO JELLINEK

Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
AN INTERIOR WITH TWO BOORS AND A WOMAN CONVERSING, SMOKING AND DRINKING AT A TABLE
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
195

PROPERTY RESTITUTED TO THE HEIRS OF BRUNO JELLINEK

Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
AN INTERIOR WITH TWO BOORS AND A WOMAN CONVERSING, SMOKING AND DRINKING AT A TABLE
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
HAARLEM 1610 - 1685
AN INTERIOR WITH TWO BOORS AND A WOMAN CONVERSING, SMOKING AND DRINKING AT A TABLE

Provenance

Jäger collection;
Baroness Aug. Stummer von Tavornok, Vienna, 1895 catalogue, no. 138 (according to Hofstede, see Literature);
Bruno Jellinek, Vienna, whose collection was secured by the Nazi authorities, 17 June 1938, and confiscated, 8 January 1941, by the Vugesta (the Gestapo looting agency) and offered for sale: Vienna, Dorotheum, 2 December 1941, lot 106;
Acquired at the above sale by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, inv. no. 9038;
Restituted to the heirs of Bruno Jellinek, January 2008.

Literature

C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné..., vol. III, London 1910, p. 249, no. 359 (as 16½ by 14 in.: 'In the centre of a room there sit round a cask an old peasant on the left, a young girl on the right, and between them a young peasant lighting his pipe at a charcoal pan. The girl holds a beer-glass in her right hand and a stoneware jug in her left. The older peasant holds his soft dark hat with both hands in fron tof him. To the left lies a light-brown dog.');
K. Demus, Katalog der Gemäldegalerie, Holländische Meister des 15., 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts, Vienna 1972, p. 71;
Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Vienna 1991, p. 91, reproduced plate 518 (where said to be signed upper right on the rafter AVO).

Catalogue Note

This scene of domestic tranquillity is at odds with Ostade's earlier violent tavern brawl images or scenes of solitary boors drinking. The painting dates to the 1650s, a time when Ostade was very much still interested in the idiosyncratic portrayal of peasant life. Though his focus has shifted from the satirising human frailty that defined his works of the 1640s, to one eulogising the simplicity of peasant life.

We are grateful to Dr. Bernhard Schnackenburg for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.

PROVENANCE
From 1941, after its confiscation by the Vugesta, this painting was in the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. In 2008 is was finally restituted to the heirs of Bruno Jellinek whose collection had been secured by the Nazis as early as 1938. In the 1972 Kunsthistorisches catalogue the painting is said to have been signed with initials (AVO) on a beam in the upper right corner.

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