LONDON, 4 July, 2012 - Sotheby's Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale was led by Willem van de Velde the Younger's historic naval scene, The Surrender of the Royal Prince during the Four Days’ Battle,1st- 4th June 1666, which sold for £5.3 million / $8.3 million / €6.6 million after nine minutes of intense bidding. The work was finally sold to a Dutch private collector.
The sale realised a total of £32,268,650 / $50,600,470 / €40,174,408, comfortably within the pre-sale expectations of £26.7 - £40.4 million.
The painting is displayed in an Italian 17th Century polished walnut moulding frame, kindly on loan from Arnold Wiggins & Sons. Should you wish to purchase it, please contact the department.
Recent dendrochronological examination of this lot undertaken by Ian Tyers shows that the support consists of four boards of Baltic oak cut from trees with a probable felling date of around 1594. This would suggest a probable date of execution for the present panel to the middle or second half of the first decade of the 17th century. This analysis matches very closely those for the panels of the Brussels and ex-Portland versions of this composition as well as other Brueghel panels of this date, and strongly suggests a very close relationship in their common production.A copy of Ian Tyers' report is available for inspection upon request.
The painting is displayed in an Antique Dutch 17th Century cabinetmaker's frame in ebony and pine, kindly on loan from Paul Mitchell Ltd. Should you wish to purchase the frame, please contact the department.
Please note Drs. Fred G. Meijer agrees with the opinion of Dr Hiltraud Doll that this is a collaborative work by Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade and Isack van Ostade. Further information including a dendrochronology report on the panel, X-Ray and digital Infra-red photography is available in the on-line catalogue, and by request from the department.
We are very grateful to John Somerville for the following additional exhibition details and Literature: Exhibited: The Arts Exhibition Bureau, Primitive & Early Renaissance Paintings from the Cook Collection, at Norwich, Sheffield, Leicester, Blackburn, Manchester, Southampton & Brighton, August 1946 - June 1947, No. 17 (as by Ercole) Literature: Abridged Catalogue of the Pictures at Doughty House, Richmond (Belonging to Sir Frederick Cook Bart., Visconde de Monserrate) London 1907 & 1914, page 14 No. 22 as School of Ercole & hanging in The Smoking Room.
The interior of Doughty House is reproduced by courtesy of Brenda, Lady Cook and John Somerville, Keeper of the Cook Collection Archive.
This Lot should have a double dagger symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under 'Temporary Admission' and import VAT will be charged at 5% on the hammer price, although in appropriate circumstances the VAT may be cancelled or refunded. Please refer to the catalogue for further VAT information.
The painting is displayed in an Italian, circa 1650, reverse section carved and gilded frame with pierced and scrolling acanthus leaf ornament and original gilding, kindly on loan from Arnold Wiggins & Sons. Should you wish to purchase it, please contact the department.
The painting is displayed in an English, circa 1760, carved and gilded 'Carlo Maratta' frame with pearl sight moulding, kindly lent by Arnold Wiggins & Sons. Should you wish to purchase the frame, please contact the department.
There is additional bibliography for this lot: M. Pulini, Il secondo sguardo, Milan 2002 (as attributed to Simone Cantarini).
The painting is displayed in an Antique Italian mid-18th century 'Salvator Rosa' frame carved with acanthus leaf, ribbon, gadrooning and egg-&-dart; original water gilding, kindly on loan from Paul Mitchell Ltd. Should you wish to purchase the frame, please contact the department.
The provenance for this lot should read 'formerly in an Australian private collection'.
Having now seen the painting in the original Mr. Ralph Toledano has re-confirmed that he believes this painting to be by Michele Marieschi, with figures by Francesco Simonini.
Please note that this lot is sold unframed. The painting is displayed in an antique Venetian 18th-century frame with carved rocaille sight edge, corner-&-centre scrolling foliage and flowers, gadrooned back; water gilded; previously altered, kindly on loan from Paul Mitchell Ltd.. Please note that this frame covers a total of 2.7 cm. of the width of the painting. Should you wish to purchase the frame, please contact the department.