Sotheby's New York have announced the upcoming sale of Old Master Paintings from the collection of horse lover and trader Ty Scheumann (1931-2021). Comprising a dozen paintings carefully assembled over thirty years, The Scheumann Collection abounds in pictures that are quintessentially Dutch, spanning the different movements of Dutch 17th Century painting; from an evocative landscape by Holland’s greatest landscape painter, Jacob van Ruisdael, an important historical marine by Lieve Verschuier, to an exquisite still life by Jan van de Velde III. One of the first female collectors in America to put together such a collection, Mrs Scheumann was careful to collect only the finest quality works with distinguished provenance, showcasing the best Dutch painting has to offer. The sale marks the first time many of the pieces have appeared on the market in over 30 years.
The whole collection will be offered during Sotheby’s New York Masters Week in January 2023.
Highlights include the serene View of a Canal in Amsterdam by Jan van der Heyden (est. $1,000,000 – $1,500,000), the foremost painter of cityscapes in the 17th century whose landscapes depicting Amsterdam are among his most prized works.
There is also the hauntingly beautiful A Young Woman Sealing a Letter by Frans van Mieris the Elder (est. $1,500,000 – 2,000,000) (pictured). Completed in 1667, this work depicting an everyday scene sees Van Mieris working within the fijnschilder (meaning ‘fine painting’) tradition developed by artists like Gerard Dou. The work is meticulous in detail, with some features likely executed with brushes made from a single hair.
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