Lot 65
  • 65

Jacob Toorenvliet

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 USD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Jacob Toorenvliet
  • Two Turkish Merchants Conversing
  • signed and dated lower left:  JTvliet 1660
  • oil on panel

Provenance

With Johnny van Haeften, London, 1987;
From whom acquired by a Private Collector, New York;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 1998, lot 15;
With Colnaghi's, London;
From whom acquired by the present owner.

Condition

The panel is flat and uncradled. The surface is stable and well retained. To the naked eye, there are a few small visible retouches to the standing figure and a few others in the upper right background. Under UV, there is a thick varnish but the areas of retouch are still clearly visible. An approximate 1 inch vertical line of retouch addresses an old repaired crack in the upper left corner. Other touches are visible scattered throughout the figures and in the background, where they appear to address old flaking losses. A loss to the extreme upper right corner has been retouched. These spots have been well and carefully applied and the picture can be hung as is. In a black carved frame with a gilt outer rim.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note

This colorful depiction of Turkish businessmen is an early work by Jacob Toorenvliet, possibly dating from the period when he was still studying in his father Abraham's studio.  The painting reveals the young artist's interest in the developments of the Leiden fijnschilders and also betrays a keen interest in Rembrandt and the artists of his circle, who were among the first to popularize Oriental subjects.

We are grateful to Dr. Susanne Karau for confirming the attribution to Toorenvliet on the basis of photographs.