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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Jacob de Wit
Amsterdam 1695 - 1754
AN ALLEGORICAL REPRESENTATION WITH THE FATES AND MERCURY
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
89

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Jacob de Wit
Amsterdam 1695 - 1754
AN ALLEGORICAL REPRESENTATION WITH THE FATES AND MERCURY
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jacob de Wit
Amsterdam 1695 - 1754
AMSTERDAM 1695 - 1754
AN ALLEGORICAL REPRESENTATION WITH THE FATES AND MERCURY

Provenance

With D. Katz, Dieren, before 1940;
Goudstikker-Miedl, who bought it from Katz on 7 August 1940, (according to the Goudstikker-Miedl files at the R.K.D.);
With Goudstikker- Miedl 1940, where bought by
A private collector, Danzig, on 28 March 1944, for 1.250 guilders,
Thence by descent.

We have consulted the heirs to Jacques Goudstikker who have confirmed that they have no claim to this work.

Catalogue Note

Following the tradition of Rubens, Jacob de Wit often made oil sketches for his ceiling paintings as an intermediary stage between his preliminary drawing and the final work. These designs were meant to show the artist's creation to which the patron could add changes or approve the work.

The sketch features two of the Three Fates (Schikgodinnen) typically represented by female figures either spinning and measuring or cutting off the thread of life. The upper figure, clad in yellow drapery, is both holding the shears to snip the thread and a bale of wool. She is accompanied by one of the other Fates, also carrying  wool on her.

The inclusion of Mercury and Triton (a rivergod) could possibly refer to an allegorical representation of the textile trade, reinforced by the prominent position of the sheep. Consequently, but rather speculative, this design might have been intended for a cloth merchant's dwelling.

Originally the present work must have been larger, since the edges with the four grisaille putti are cut down.

 

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