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THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Abraham Storck
A FORTIFIED MEDITERRANEAN PORT WITH AN OBELISK AND A GALLEY MOORED NEARBY
Estimate
25,00035,000
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158

THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Abraham Storck
A FORTIFIED MEDITERRANEAN PORT WITH AN OBELISK AND A GALLEY MOORED NEARBY
Estimate
25,00035,000
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Abraham Storck
AMSTERDAM 1644 - 1708
A FORTIFIED MEDITERRANEAN PORT WITH AN OBELISK AND A GALLEY MOORED NEARBY
signed and dated lower left: A. Storck / Fecit aº 1676
oil on oak panel
47 x 62.9 cm.; 18 1/2  x 24 3/4  in.
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Provenance

With Leger & Sons, London, 1955;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman of Title'), London, Sotheby's, 7 December 1994, lot 4;
Where purchased by Dimitri Mavrommatis, London;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 5 December 2007, lot 45;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Private Collector'), New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 2010, lot 265;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 29 January 2015, lot 339;
Where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Abraham Storck may have never visited Italy, yet compositions such as the present work unmistakably evoke the atmosphere of a bustling Mediterranean port. The Dutch artist’s knowledge of Italian architecture and landmarks likely arose from the travels of his artistic contemporaries, including Jan Asselijn and Jan Weenix, who brought their experiences back to Amsterdam by way of their paintings. This depiction, for example, includes an obelisk and the circular edifice of the Castel Sant'Angelo, both of which can be found in Rome. Although Storck’s topographical harbour scenes are imagined representations, they can be considered important precursors of the celebrated Italian capricci and architectural fantasies of the eighteenth century.   

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