- Franz Christoph Janneck
- Jephthah and his daughter;
Joseph and his brothers
- the latter (Joseph and his brothers) signed and dated lower right: F.C. Janneck / Ao 1748
- a pair, both oil on copper
- each: 22 5/8 by 28 7/8 in.; 57.5 by 73.3 cm.
Charles Goding, Esq., London;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 14 March 1891, lots 31-32 (to Lesser);
Capt. W.S. Mitford;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 16 May 1952, lot 47;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 11 July 1975, lot 153.
This pair of highly finished coppers were painted by Franz Christoph Janneck, an eighteenth century Austrian artist active in Vienna by the 1730s. Like his friend Johann Georg Platzer, Janneck's oeuvre consists of cabinet pictures and conversation pieces, all of which were beautifully rendered with an extraordinary attention to detail, reminiscent of the Leiden fijnschilders
of the 17th and early 18th century. The present paintings are well-paired, for they both depict biblical scenes of filial piety. The first depicts the Israelite warrior Jephthah (Judges 11: 30-40), who pledged to God that he would sacrifice the first to greet him when he returns home victorious from his battle with the Ammonites. To his dismay, the first is his daughter who is his only child. The second scene depicts the story of Joseph (Genesis 37), who, being the favorite of his father, is scorned by his brothers, stripped of his clothing and coat, and sold by them into slavery.
This pair once belonged to London based collector Charles Goding, Esq. (circa 1809-1890). Although most well known for his collection of Sèvres porcelain and enameled snuff boxes, Goding also amassed small collection of art, comprised primarily of rococo paintings. Of the fifty paintings sold at his 1891 sale, eight of the works, including the present pair, were by Janneck, suggesting the Austrian master was particularly prized by Goding.