ISAAK VAN NICKELEN | A PALACE COLONNADE WITH ELEGANT FIGURES AND TWO DOGS, WITH A VIEW OF A FOUNTAIN AND OTHER ARCHITECTURE IN THE DISTANCE
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ISAAK VAN NICKELEN
(Haarlem 1632/3 - 1703)
A PALACE COLONNADE WITH ELEGANT FIGURES AND TWO DOGS, WITH A VIEW OF A FOUNTAIN AND OTHER ARCHITECTURE IN THE DISTANCE
oil on panel
signed indistinctly with monogram lower left: IVN(?)
19½ by 27 in.; 49.6 by 68.6 cm.
The panel is comprised of two horizontal boards joined at center. The right and left edges have a very faint beveled edge on the reverse. The panel is stable, uncradled, and has a very slight convex bow, most visible at the upper edge. The painting presents a decorative architectural image that reads well beneath a clear varnish. The vibrant blue of the sky appears well-preserved. Inspection under UV reveals strokes of retouching to address join at center, spots to address a crack in of sky at center left, an area of retouching in the sky to the right of the fountain, and some spots of retouching concentrated near the extreme edges. There are strokes and spots of retouching and strengthening that fluoresce under UV throughout the composition, visible in the architecture, the landscape, and a few spots in the figures. Some of these strokes are visible to the naked eye. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 5 July 2000, lot 147;
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 15 October 2013, lot 570;
The Haarlem-based artist Isaack van Nickelen specialized in architectural views recognizable for their single vanishing points and an exaggerated perspective. As visible in the present painting, such techniques allowed for an intense recession of space. Here, the floor tiles and the recessing columns of this colonnade with soaring arches leads the eye deep into the picture plane. This recession is paralleled on the left by a glistening water feature with a fountain and a landscape that also seem to extend as far as the eye can see.