Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 2 November 1987, lot 100 (as Attributed to Gerrit Battem)
Battem's splendid gouaches are very familiar, but monochrome drawings such as this are virtually unknown. The handling of details and the overall approach to the composition seen here are, however, absolutely comparable with the artist's gouaches. The technique is also the same as in a View of a town, with Church and castle buildings above a river, which was sold New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2011, lot 619.
Hinge mounted along the upper edge to a modern mount. There is some slight toning to the sheet, however the drawing remains in otherwise very 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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."