Lot 6
  • 6

Cornelis Saftleven

7,000 - 9,000 GBP
8,750 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Cornelis Saftleven
  • A Witches' Sabbath
  • Black chalk and grey wash
  • 181 by 263 mm


Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 8 November 2000, lot 32;
Emile Wolf, New York,
thence by descent


Ithaca, New York, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from a Collection, 1979, no. 61, illustrated


Wolfgang Schulz, Cornelis Saftleven, Berlin/New York 1978, p. 75, no. 16

Catalogue Note

Scenes of witchcraft and allegories incorporating animals, birds or imaginary diabolical figures form an important part of Cornelis Saftleven's painted oeuvre, but drawings of these subjects are relatively rare.  Just one other example has come to the market in recent decades, a fine, large chalk drawing of a procession of diabolical creatures, relating to a series of six others in the Rijksmuseum, which was acquired by Clement C. Moore at Sotheby's in New York in 2011.1

Though deriving from the earlier tradition of artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, subjects of this type enjoyed continuing popularity in the Netherlands during the 17th century.

1. Sale, New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2011, lot 586; see Schulz, op. cit., nos. 18-23, and Jane Turner, Rembrandt's World, Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection, exh. cat., New York, The Morgan Library & Museum, 2012, no. 35