Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Leiden 1640 - 1719 Oegstgeest
A SEATED COUPLE DRINKING WINE
indistinctly signed lower left: J. Toorenvliet
oil on canvas
unframed: 38 x 31.7 cm.; 15 x 12½ in.
framed: 50.5 x 44.5 cm.; 19⅞ x 17½ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is slightly discoloured. There is a slight degree of wear throughout, and the canvas weave has become slightly more visible - but there are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish underneath which some retouchings are revealed scattered throughout, and notably in the man's jacket, spots in both figures' flesh tones, and along the right margin.
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Possibly anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 4-5 November 1908, lot 52;
Acquired for the present collection during the 1970s.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 30.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 242-43, cat. no. 60, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 52, cat. no. 30, reproduced in colour.
Toorenvliet likely completed the present painting in the decade leading up to his admission to the artist's guild in Amsterdam in 1686. Here, two figures are seated before a stone wall around a wooden table. Behind the male figure at left, who with his left hand reaches for the chin of the female beside him and raises a glass in his right, is an evening vista. Great detail has been used to render the still life of melons and fruit on the table, the costumes of the two figures, as well as their lively expressions that suggest that they are engaged in conversation.
For further biographical details, please see Lot 30.