ISAACK ADAMSZ. DE COLONIA | Still life with a Northern lapwing
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ISAACK ADAMSZ. DE COLONIA
Rotterdam circa 1611 - 1663
STILL LIFE WITH A NORTHERN LAPWING
signed lower centre: I.d Colonia
oil on oak panel
unframed: 37.3 x 32.5 cm.; 14¾ x 12¾ in.
framed: 49.5 x 44.7 cm.; 19⅜ x 17⅝ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable, and is bevelled on all edges apart from the upper margin. The paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is slightly discoloured. In raking light it is possible to discern small restorations to the edge of the bird's wing on the table, and to areas in the background above the bird's tail-feathers, its claw upper right, in the background centre right. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small spot retouchings scattered in the darks of the bird's feather, and scattered in the background. The painting is in seemingly overall good condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 December 1946, lot 71;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Fischer, 21-25 October 1947, lot 2980, where acquired.
E. Gemar-Költzsch et al, Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, Lingen 1995, vol. II, p. 252, under no. 78/7 (as Jacques de Claeuw, with a wrong transcription of the signature and the illustration in reverse);
R. Ekkart, 'De Rotterdamse portrettist Jan Daemen Cool (ca. 1589-1600)', in Oud Holland, vol. 111, 1997, p. 214, reproduced fig. 8, and p. 219, footnote 61;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 98-101, cat. no. 16, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 118, cat. no. 124, reproduced in colour.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 124;
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Isaack de Colonia, who was the father of the painter Adam de Colonia (1634-1685), was an art dealer and produced mainly portraits, of which there are only two known signed examples. This still life appears to be the only one known by Colonia.