Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Amsterdam circa 1627 - 1708 Delft
NOLI ME TANGERE
signed and dated lower right: P Fris 1653
oil on oak panel
unframed: 34 x 44.3 cm.; 13½ x 17½ in.
framed: 44.9 x 54.9 cm.; 17¾ x 21⅝ in.
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The panel is supported on the reverse with one vertical batten - the other vertical batten has been removed leaving an indent. There is a horizontal split running from the upper right margin towards the centre of the panel, which is additionally supported on the reverse with a small batten, and another superficial split running from the right-hand margin just below centre to the edge of Christ's robes with associated retouching. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals wash retouching along the aforementioned split, and some small retouchings in the upper left corner. There are very few, minor retouchings scattered in the lower half of the painting. In overall fair condition.
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Eda F. Walton, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's 14 October 1983, lot 66 (as School of Rembrandt);
With Galerie Holzapfel, Cologne, 1984 (when advertised in Die Weltkunst, vol. LIV, 15 September 1984, pp. 2396-98, reproduced);
W. Wilhelms, Gengenbach;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 18 November 1985, lot 34, where acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, 9 September 2000 – 7 January 2001, unnumbered.
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W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Landau/Pfalz 1983, vol. V, p. 3101, cat. no. 2089, reproduced in colour p. 3222;
A. Blankert et al, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, exh. cat., Zwolle and Rotterdam 2000, p. 153, reproduced in colour;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 156-60, cat. no. 23, reproduced in colour.
This painting is one of very few known works by Pieter Fris, of whose life we also know little, save that he was a member of the Guild of St. Luke in Haarlem, and is recorded in Rotterdam between 1660 and 1682.