Alfred Beurdeley (L.421); sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 8-10 June 1920, lot 89; sale, London, Christie’s, 17 December 1998, lot 286, where acquired by the present owners
Born in Altona, near Hamburg, at a young age Cats was brought by his parents to live in Amsterdam. In early 1759, he found employment in the wall-decoration workshop of a certain Jan Hendrik Troost van Groenendoelen, and in May 1762 he set up his own business, producing, with considerable success, the painted wall-hangings that were so popular in Amsterdam interiors of the period. Eventually, however, this fashion began to decline, and Cats then turned his hand to the production of highly finished landscape drawings and watercolours such as this, an art in which he became the leading figure in late-18th century Holland.
Hinge mounted in two places along the upper edge to a modern mount. There is some very minor toning to the sheet, however this work remains in otherwise exceptionally good condition, with the combination of media fresh and vibrant throughout and the image strong. Sold unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.