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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Petrus van Schendel
DUTCH
CHARITY IN THE NIGHT MARKET
Estimate
60,00080,000
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35

PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Petrus van Schendel
DUTCH
CHARITY IN THE NIGHT MARKET
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Petrus van Schendel
1806 - 1870
DUTCH
CHARITY IN THE NIGHT MARKET
signed P van Schendel lower left; with the artist's wax seal on the reverse
oil on panel
62 by 78cm., 24 by 30¾in.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr Jan de Meere.

Provenance

Sale: Christie's, London, 25 July 1938, lot 109
Franciscus Hubertus Quix, Utrecht (acquired circa 1938); thence by descent

Exhibited

Antwerp, Exhibition of Living Masters, 1855, no. 746 (as Une dame faisant l’aumône à un vieillard, au sortir de l’église. Effet de lumière)

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1851-54.

Unseen by the public for over a century, the present work depicts the charitable gift of an elegantly-posed woman and her child, alongside the sort of busy night market scene at which Schendel excelled. The architecture in the present work is essentially based on landmarks in The Hague, where Schendel lived from 1838 until he relocated to Brussels in 1845. Backlit by moonlight, the steep gable of the city's Ridderzaal, the main building of the Binnenhof complex which hosts the Dutch Parliament, is visible above the market. While the foreground suggests the porch of a church, the architecture - masterfully illuminated by both moon and candelight - recalls the former stadthuis of Rotterdam. This classical building features in a number of other compositions by Van Schendel, including prominently in The Market Place, Rotterdam which established a new artist record in these rooms in May 2015.

A similar composition, smaller and on canvas, was sold at Christie's New York on 21 May 1986, with the scene erroneously identified as Antwerp Cathedral.

19th Century European Paintings

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