ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside
ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside
ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside
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Property from a European Private Collection

ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Lot Sold:100,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a European Private Collection

ABRAHAM STORCK

Amsterdam 1644 - 1708

A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside


signed lower left: A. Storck

oil on canvas

80 x 63.5 cm.; 31½ x 25 in.

Condition Report

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals minor cosmetic retouchings consisting of small, fine lines scattered in the sky to some small areas of craquelure, and to some areas where the weave of the canvas has become slightly more visible. There are also small retouchings along the upper and lower margins, and very few minor, small retouchings in the architecture on the left, and scattered in the foreground and boats, with three more notable areas each measuring less than 1 cm.: in the centre of the fountain basin, in the centre of the central sail, and at the tip of the triangular sail to its right. In overall good condition without a need for further intervention, and ready to hang in its current state.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

S. Burton-Jones, London, 1936 (according to an annotated mount at the Witt Library, London);

A. Gifford Scott;

By whose Executors sold, London, Sotheby's, 22 Febuary 1984, lot 50, for £48,000.

Literature

C. Gully, 'Abraham Storck's Italian Paintings', in Antique Collector, September 1989, pp. 70–75, reproduced fig. 1.

Catalogue Note

This bustling harbour scene, alive with the day-to-day goings-on of a busy trade port, seems likely to have been painted by Storck in the 1680s or '90s. By that time, following the end of their war with Spain in 1648, the Dutch dominated trade throughout Europe, Asia and North America; they had the largest merchant fleet in Europe and an average of nearly a thousand Dutch ships entered the Baltic Sea each year.

ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside
Property from a European Private Collection
ABRAHAM STORCK | A southern port scene with numerous figures on a quayside
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