JAN JOSEF HOREMANS THE YOUNGER | An elegant interior with figures having a tea party
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JAN JOSEF HOREMANS THE YOUNGER
Antwerp circa 1714 - after 1790
AN ELEGANT INTERIOR WITH FIGURES HAVING A TEA PARTY
signed and dated lower left: J. Horeman f. / 1752.
oil on canvas
unframed: 49.4 x 58.4 cm.; 19½ x 23 in.
framed: 65.1 x 73.9 cm.; 25⅝ x 29⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under UV light reveals retouching in the background, notably along the left margin by the brick stove, at the centre of the right margin and the lower right corner, in the striped wallpaper at centre left above the figures, and throughout the upper half of the painting. There is a diagonal line of retouching to what is probably an old fold in the upper right corner measuring approximately 12 cm long. There are further retouches in a concentrated area measuring 1 x 2 cm in the centre of the stone mantelpiece, scattered in the dark hearth behind the central seated lady, scattered in the chair and back of seated woman in yellow at left, around the chair and the white tablecloth at lower centre, and around the silhouette and scattered in the blue coat of the standing man. None of these distract from the legibility of the image, which appears fresh and ready to hang in its current state.
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Mr Reginald Toms (1892-1978), Chateau de Coinsins, Switzerland;
His sale, London, Sotheby's, 7-9 June 1995, lot 270 (as Horemans the Elder, and one of a pair), where acquired.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 140-43, cat. no. 33, reproduced in colour.
Jan Josef Horemans the Younger qualified as a master of the Guild of St. Luke in Antwerp on 10 February 1767 and was dean of the guild on two occasions (1768–69 and 1775–76). He was a placid apologist for bourgeois virtues and, following his father’s example, admirably recreated the atmosphere of his age in a multitude of paintings such as the present one. He signed in the same way as his father, but his palette is generally lighter, earning him the nickname 'Le Clair.'