Lot 114
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JACOB DE WIT | A design for an overdoor with two putti and a dog: An Allegory of Hunting

3,500 - 4,500 USD
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  • Style of Jacob de Wit
  • A design for an overdoor with two putti and a dog: An Allegory of Hunting
  • Pen and black ink and brown wash, heightened with white, within two sets of black ink framing lines;signed in black ink, lower centre: Jdwit invtr. and bears numbering in brown ink, verso: No3/435 and the remains of an extensively cut inscription, possibly ending: 1745


Sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 11 November 1996, lot 177,
where acquired by the present owners

Catalogue Note

Though de Wit executed numerous projects of a religious nature, it is his Rococo portrayals of frolicking putti that make up a significant portion of his drawn oeuvre (see also lot 116). The present drawing is a particularly charming example of this subject matter, and must have been intended as a design for an overdoor, as indicated by the arched pen work at the base of the sheet. The putti, depicted scrambling around on their hands and knees whilst reaching for a bow and quiver of arrows, whilst flanked by a hound, must surely portray an allegorical interpretation of hunting and can be closely compared to a sheet depicting Putti playing with a mirror,1 sold in Amsterdam in 2002. We are grateful to Guus van de Hout who confirms that on stylistic grounds, the proposed reading of the date as 1745 is convincing. 

1. Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 5 November 2002, lot 159