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Circle of Michael Sweerts
AN ELDERLY MAN SINGING TOGETHER WITH TWO YOUNG BOYS, ONE PLAYING THE FLUTE
Estimate
10,00015,000
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69
Circle of Michael Sweerts
AN ELDERLY MAN SINGING TOGETHER WITH TWO YOUNG BOYS, ONE PLAYING THE FLUTE
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Circle of Michael Sweerts
AN ELDERLY MAN SINGING TOGETHER WITH TWO YOUNG BOYS, ONE PLAYING THE FLUTE
bears initials centre right: NVH (in ligature)
oil on canvas, unlined
48.7 by 40.5 cm.
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Provenance

Sold, New York, Parke Bernet Galleries, date unknown, as 'Nicolaes van Haeften' (according to labels on the reverse).

Catalogue Note

Despite its long-standing attribution to Nicolaes van Haeften (1663-1715), presumably due to the initials centre right, this small canvas, which bears no marked resemblance to the works of Van Haeften (nor indeed to those of his illustrious descendant) is much more likely to have been painted by an artist working in the circle of Michael Sweerts, of whose paintings it is strongly reminiscent.  The lighting of the head of the elderly man, for example, recalls Sweerts' handling in paintings such as An Old Beggar, in the Hohenbuchau Collection.1

1.See G. Jansen and P. Sutton, Michael Sweerts (1618-1664), exhibition catalogue, Zwolle 2002, p. 15, fig. 8.

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