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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Godfried Schalcken
BOY HOLDING A CANDLE, PERHAPS TO ILLUMINATE A HALLOWEEN MASK
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 GBP
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17

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Godfried Schalcken
BOY HOLDING A CANDLE, PERHAPS TO ILLUMINATE A HALLOWEEN MASK
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Godfried Schalcken
MADE, NEAR BREDA 1643 - 1706 THE HAGUE
BOY HOLDING A CANDLE, PERHAPS TO ILLUMINATE A HALLOWEEN MASK
signed upper right: G. Schalcken
oil on oak panel
24.3 x 18.7 cm.; 9 5/8  x 7 3/8  in.
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Provenance

The Rt Hon. the Earl of Jersey, Osterley Park;

By whom sold, London, Christie's, 15 July 1949, lot 168, with another in the lot, for 32 guineas to [Herbert] Bier;

Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, 21 January 1958;

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 31 October 1990, lot 17 (as attributed to Schalcken);

With Rafael Valls, London, 1990–91;

From whom acquired by the late husband of the present owner.

Literature

R. Valls, Recent Acquisitions, 1991, no. 35.

Catalogue Note

In only a few pictures does Schalcken conceal – or nearly conceal – his light-source. The intended effect here is to silhouette the object that the boy holds with his left hand. It looks like an exotic fish with its myriad tiny teeth illuminated by the hidden flame, but it may be a pancake torn or cut to fool the viewer, or as has been suggested, a halloween mask. Several Dutch artists painted subjects like this, but perhaps the most relevant here is a non-candle-lit genre painting by Schalcken in which a boy in a window opening holds aloft a pancake cut with crude openings to represent eyes, a nose and a mouth.1

1 Hamburg, Kunsthalle, inv. no. 237; see T. Beherman, Godfried Schalcken, Paris 1988, p. 248, no. 155, reproduced.

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