743
743
Attributed to Gillis Claesz. de Hondecoeter
ARGUS AND MERCURY IN A LANDSCAPE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
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743
Attributed to Gillis Claesz. de Hondecoeter
ARGUS AND MERCURY IN A LANDSCAPE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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Attributed to Gillis Claesz. de Hondecoeter
ANTWERP 1575/80 - 1638 AMSTERDAM
ARGUS AND MERCURY IN A LANDSCAPE
oil on copper, branded on the reverse with the hands of the city of Antwerp and the dated mark of Peeter Stas
19 1/2 by 26 in.
49.5 by 66 cm
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Provenance

Sold: Christie's, New York, April 4, 1990, lot 156 (as Circle of Roelant Savery)

Catalogue Note

Argus was charged by Juno with the guardianship of Io, a priestess seduced by Jove (see lot 712). Jove had turned Io into a heifer in order to avoid her detection but the deception did not last long, Juno discovered Io and dispatched Argus to watch over her. Jove, in turn, sent Mercury to slay Argus and free Io. Disguised as a shepherd, Mercury cast a spell over the giant, causing him to fall asleep. Io was freed but in retribution Juno dispatched a gadfly to merciless torment her. 


Given that the copper mark of Peeter Stas is also dated 1608, and the brand of the Hands of Antwerp are present, it is more than likely that this work was executed while Hondecoeter was still living in his native Antwerp. He left that city in 1610 for Amsterdam, where he would eventually become the head of the Guild of St Luke.

Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York