Lot 19
  • 19

Roelandt Savery

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
452,750 GBP
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  • Roelandt Savery
  • Orpheus charming the animals
  • signed and dated lower right on the rock: R.SAVERY / FE.1618
  • oil on oak panel
  • 29.6 x 41.8 cm.; 11 3/4  x 16 1/2  in.


Lord Radnor (according to a label on the reverse);

Lady Cochran;

Th. Niemeyer, 1954;

With Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, from whom acquired by the father of the present owner.


Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Roelandt Savery, 10 April – 13 June 1954, no. 88, lent by Th. Niemeyer.


P. Eeckhout, Roelandt Savery, exhibition catalogue, Ghent 1954, pp. 33–34, cat. no. 88;

K.J. Müllenmeister, Roelandt Savery, Freren 1988, pp. 130, 295, cat. no. 209, reproduced p. 296, fig. 209.

Catalogue Note

There are two versions of this composition, and the two paintings have sometimes been confused. The only significant differences between them are in details of the trees and foliage, and only the present work is dated. The other version, described by Müllenmeister as a variant of the present picture and listed by him under his entry for it, was in the Baines sale, London, Christie's, 17 April 1931, lot 52, to Wyatt, and was more recently sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 17 November 1994, lot 128. One of the versions, but more probably the other one, was exhibited as follows:

Amsterdam, Gallery P. de Boer, Tentoonstelling van de jongere Brueghels, 19 Feb – 5 April 1934, no. 168;

Laren (N.H.), Singer Museum, Kunstbezit rondom Laren, 3 July – 31 August 1958, no. 132.

Savery was attracted to this subject: he painted no less than 25 treatments of it between 1617 and 1628. By 1616 Savery was in Amsterdam, following some peripatetic years after his employment in Rudolfine Prague came to an end. He finally settled in Utrecht in 1619, the year after he painted this work.