Lot 105
  • 105

Marten van Valckenborch I

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Marten van Valckenborch I
  • A pastoral summer landscape
  • signed lower right: MARTIN VAN / VALCKENBORCH
  • oil on oak panel


Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 November 1936, lot 63, part of a set of four, for £262, to de Blanco;
With Pieter de Boer, Amsterdam;
Acquired from the above by A.H. van Heek, Enschede.


Enschede, Twenthe Museum, October 1929, no. 29;
Almelo, Kunstring De Waag, Oude Kunst uit Twents Particulier Bezit, 31 October – 30 November 1953, no. 54;
Liège, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Visage de Liège, 1955, no. 228


A. Wied, Lucas und Marten van Valckenborch. Das gesamtwerk mit kritischem Œuvrekatalog, Freren 1990, p. 267, no. 32, reproduced fig. 32 (as signed and dated 1600)

Catalogue Note

At the time of the Christie's sale in 1936, this panel formed part of a series of four panels depicting the Four Seasons. Of these Winter and Spring are signed and dated 1600, but the same date recorded by Wied on this panel is no longer legible. The set was dispersed by Pieter de Boer; Winter went to a Stockholm private collection and was later with Galerie de Jonckheere in Paris,1 while Spring and this panel were sold to A.H. van Heek in Enschede. Spring re-appeared on the market in 2000, when it was offered at Christie's by a descendant.2 While in the panel of Spring, Valckenborch concentrates upon the pleasures of courtly love, here he also includes seasonal labours such as sheep dipping and shearing, appropriate to the month of June. Similar scenes are to be found in another, slightly smaller, panel recorded by Wied in the Jacobs van Merlen collection in Antwerp.3 By this relatively late date, Marten van Valckenborch had moved from Antwerp to Frankfurt, where he had set up a flourishing workshop with his brother Lucas.

1. The panel was subsequently offered anonymously ('The Property of a Private Collector'), London, Christie's, 8 December 2004, lot 19.
2. Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 December 2000, lot 12.
3. Wied 1990, no. 7.