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Cornelis Visscher
A SEATED OLD LADY HOLDING A KNIFE
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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151
Cornelis Visscher
A SEATED OLD LADY HOLDING A KNIFE
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Cornelis Visscher
HAARLEM 1628/9 - 1658
A SEATED OLD LADY HOLDING A KNIFE

Black chalk and stumping on vellum
Signed, top right: C Visscher / fecit.


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Provenance

Sale Amsterdam, Christie's, 29 March 2001, lot 401

Literature

Regards sur l'art hollandais du XVIIe siècle. Frits Lugt et les Frères Dutuit, Collectionneurs, exhib. cat., Paris, Institut Néerlandais, 2004, pp. 202, 368, under no. 88

Catalogue Note

This drawing is a variant of the composition of one of Visscher's most celebrated etchings, The Pancake-Maker.1 Another drawn version of the subject, showing the same woman with a slightly older-looking, less benign face, but happily without the knife in her hand and with an innocuous spinning wheel beside her, is in the Dutuit Collection at the Petit Palais, Paris.2 

This image, more perhaps than any other in Visscher's oeuvre, shows what a great master of Dutch realism he was. 

1. Hollstein 52
2. Inv. no. D-DUT 1029; see Regards sur l'art hollandais du XVIIe siècle, op. cit. under Literature, no. 88

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