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Pieter Molijn
A PEASANT FAMILY APPROACHING A TOWER ON A WOODED HILL
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111
Pieter Molijn
A PEASANT FAMILY APPROACHING A TOWER ON A WOODED HILL
Estimate
15,00020,000
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Pieter Molijn
LONDON 1595 - 1661 HAARLEM
A PEASANT FAMILY APPROACHING A TOWER ON A WOODED HILL
Black chalk and grey wash, within black chalk framing lines and original margins;
signed and dated, upper right: PMolyn. (PM in monogram) / .1654.
152 by 201 mm
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Provenance

Sale, Amsterdam, F. Muller (Heseltine, Richter and other collections), 27 May 1913, lot 148 ('beau et frais dessin'), reproduced pl.21;
C.B. Collection, Dresden;
with C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, 1932;
sale, Leipzig, C.G. Boerner, 19 June 1937, lot 363;
sale, Leipzig, C.G. Boerner, 28 April 1939, lot 399,
purchased at this sale by Wilhelm Friedrich Mertens


Literature

H.-U. Beck, Pieter Molijn, Katalog der Handzeichnungen, Doornspijk 1998, p. 138, no. 264, reproduced

Catalogue Note

In contrast to the expansive breadth of the other Molijn drawing from the Mertens Collection (lot 107), this drawing embodies all the dense working in black chalk and rich pictorial textures that are so characteristic of the artist's style.  Molijn's great achievement, in drawings such as this, was to harnesses brilliantly the considerable level of detail in the execution to create an image full of movement, light and energy. 

Just like the previous lot, by Van Goyen, this fine drawing retains some of its original margins.  A great many Dutch landscape drawings of this time were made, within framing lines and broad margins, as finished works for sale, but these margins have almost always been trimmed off at some point in the intervening centuries. 

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