Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
BERNHARD VOLLENHOVE | Portrait of an elegantly-dress young lady, half-length, wearing a black dress
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Kampen 1633 - 1694
PORTRAIT OF AN ELEGANTLY-DRESS YOUNG LADY, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS
signed and dated lower left: BVollenhove f: / 1670 (BV in ligature)
oil on canvas
unframed: 78 x 64 cm.; 30¾ x 25¼ in.
framed: 98.4 x 84.2 cm.; 38¾ x 33⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. The network of craquelure has become quite visible in the sitter's flesh tones and in the whites of her dress. Inspection under UV light reveals small retouchings throughout the background, in more concentrated areas along the left margin, each measuring approximately 2 x 4 cm, and along the lower margin. There are spot retouchings in the sitter's face and hair, with a more concentrated area in her forehead measuring 1 x 3 cm. Retouchings are also found in her black dress and white collar, notably in an area on her shoulder measuring 2 x 4 cm and an area in her right sleeve also approximately 2 x 4 cm. Despite this intervention, the painting appears fresh and ready to hang and requires no further work.
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Mrs. Frans Lemker, Kampen, by 1887.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 39.
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G.P. Rouffaer, 'Vier Kamper Schilders, III, Bernhard Vollenhove', in Oud Holland, vol. 5, 1887, p. 301;
B. Lymant, Niederländische Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts, vol. 1: Porträt, Liesborn 1985, p. 42, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, pp. 150-51, cat. no. 57, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 57, cat. no. 39, reproduced in colour.
Vollenhove likely trained in the studio of Salomon Koninck around the year 1650, and by 1672 he had established himself as an important public figure in Kampen, holding position as Mayor of the town. Many portraits by him, the present included, descended in the families of private collectors in Kampen until at least the end of the 19th century.