122
122
Cornelis Troost
FOUR PUTTI PLAYING
Estimate
10,00015,000
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122
Cornelis Troost
FOUR PUTTI PLAYING
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Cornelis Troost
AMSTERDAM 1696 - 1750
FOUR PUTTI PLAYING
Oiled black chalk, heightened with white chalk on blue paper, within partial black chalk framing lines;
signed in black chalk, lower left: Troost
401 by 323 mm; 15 3/8  by 12 3/4  in
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Provenance

Sale, Paris, R. Blay, 4 July 1929, lot 135 (reproduced);
with David Jones, London;
from whom acquired by the present owners in 2002

Exhibited

Boston, St. Botolph Club, A Selection of Dutch 18th Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Gordon Collection, 2003, no. 16

Literature

J.W. Niemeijer, Cornelis Troost 1696-1750, Assen 1973, p. 305, no. 530 T

Catalogue Note

This rapid chalk sketch shows a very different side of Troost's draughtsmanship from the three grand, colored compositional works in the collection (lots 120, 123 and 127).  It is almost certainly the first sketch for a painted wall decoration, perhaps an overdoor.  Variations on the same compositional elements are to be found in other preliminary compositional studies, in the collection of the Koninklijke Ouheidkundig Genootschap, Amsterdam.  The scene is a rather amusing combination of a down-to earth Dutch interior, with its draped curtain and table-carpet, and elevated allegory: the globe, palette and sculpted bust to the lower right symbolise the visual arts, while the vanitas motif of the putti blowing soap bubbles alludes to the transience of all human achievements.

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