Lot 130
  • 130

Jan Josefsz. van Goyen

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • An estuary scene with fisherman emptying fish-traps in the foreground
  • signed with monogram and dated on the rowing boat lower centre: VG 1650
  • oil on oak panel


Susan Elizabeth Buller–Yarde–Buller, Countess of Morton (1793–1849), Dalmahoy House, Kirknewton, Midlothian, Scotland;
Her deceased sale, London, Christie's, 27 April 1850, lot 26, for £2.2.0 to her brother John Buller–Yarde–Buller (1799–1871), 1st Baron Churston, Lupton, Devonshire;
By descent to his grandson John Yarde-Buller, 3rd Baron Churston (1873–1930);
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 26 June 1925, lot 7, for £273 to Colnaghi;
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London;
Herbert Cremer, Santpoort, by 1927;
His son, J. Theodor Cremer (d. 1979), Mount Kisco, New York;
His deceased sale (Cremer Trust sale), Amsterdam, Sotheby–Mak van Waay, 17 November 1980, lot 6, for 180,000 Dutch Guilders to Scheidwimmer;
With X. Scheidwimmer, Munich, 1981;
With P. de Boer, Amsterdam, 1983;
Private collection, Germany.


H–U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, Amsterdam 1973, vol. II, p. 390, no. 869, reproduced;
H–U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, vol. III, Ergänzungen..., Amsterdam 1973, p. 243, no. 869.

Catalogue Note

This is a characteristic tonal work by Van Goyen from late in his career. He has reduced his palette to tones of brown and yellow, admitting only very muted blue and cream in the sky. While unlikely to be topographical, the subject is probably taken from one of the lakes in the environs of Leiden, where river, lake and estuary blend into each other, just as land, sea and sky do in Van Goyen's atmospheric painting.