CORNELIS SPRINGER | M.E. Coster's Diamond Company by the Amstel



1817 - 1891
M.E. Coster's Diamond Company by the Amstel
signed with initials and dated 52 (lower left); and signed again, inscribed with title and dated Gezicht op de Diamandslijperij van den / WelEdele Heer M.E. Coster / aan den Amstel te Amsterdam / C. Springer fec ad vir. 1852 (on the reverse); and with the artiststamp with initials branded CS (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
57 by 61.5cm., 22½ by 24¼in.

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Acquired directly from the artist as it was commissioned by Moses Elias Coster, Amsterdam, 12 February 1852, for fl. 400
Collection of W.J.R. Dreesmann (1885 – 1954), Amsterdam, as Gezicht op den Binnen Amstel, by 1954
Anonymous sale, Frederick Muller, Amsterdam, 22 March 1960, lot 87, as Vue du “Binnen Amstel” vers la “Diaconie Weeshuis”. A droite la taillerie de diamants de M.E. Coster, for fl. 5.200
Anonymous sale, Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 18 May 1965, lot 496, as Gezicht op de Binnen Amstel naar het Diaconie Weeshuis. Rechts de diamantslijperij van M.E. Coster
Acquired by the present owner, circa 1990s

Enkhuizen, Zuiderzeemuseum, Door het oog van Cornelis Springer (1817-1891): Een ontdekkingstocht langs de steden rondom de Zuiderzee, 12 December 2015 - 27 March 2016, no. 190

W. Laanstra, H. C. de Bruijn, Dr. J. H. A. Ringeling, Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), Utrecht, 1984, p. 76, no. 52-3, as De nieuwe diamantslijperij aan de Amstel te Amsterdam, gezien naar het Diaconie Weeshuis
Arnold Ligthart, Door het oog van Cornelis Springer (1817-1891). Een ontdekkingstocht langs de steden rondom de Zuiderzee, Schiedam, 2015, p. 148, no. 190, as De nieuwe diamantslijperij van M.E. Coster aan de Amstel te Amsterdam

In 1852, Cornelis Springer was commissioned by the new diamond cutting factory of Moses Elias Coster to commemorate the newly built factory at the Amstel in Amsterdam, situated between the Zwanenbrugwal and the Leprozengracht. Most of Springer’s work is dedicated to his place of birth, Amsterdam, the city where he lived for most of his working life. Depicted is the Diaconie orphanage, Amstel 1 and the diamond cutting factory of the Coster company, Amstel 11-13. The setting is seen from the corner of the Amstelstraat. A preliminary study with the same composition is in the collection of the Stadsarchief Amsterdam. The view we see in Springer’s painting no longer exists anymore. It is now replaced by the Stopera on the Waterlooplein. As one of the leading artists from the Dutch Romantic School, Springer would use his artistic licence to idealise his views to his liking. To begin with, he portrayed Coster's diamond cutting factory more prominently, which is not surprising given the circumstances of his commission. Secondly, Springer carefully eliminated the chimneys from the picture, which can be seen in the sepia-version. Springer was able to skilfully circumvent this industrial aspect, of which he was not a fan, by choosing the viewpoint in such a way that the chimneys were just out of sight.

Moses Elias Coster was born on 28 February 1791 and founded his diamond cutting factory in 1840 at the Binnen Amstel (now the Waterlooplein) in Amsterdam. In 1848 Coster died, at which point his son, Meijer Moses (Martin) Coster, took over the company. The diamond cutting factory, M.E. Coster, acquired the current painting on 12 February 1852 for fl. 400 and bought several other paintings from Springer in the same year.

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