Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
SIMON JOHANNES VAN DER DOUW
Antwerp? circa 1630 - 1677 Rotterdam
THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL
indistinctly signed lower centre
oil on oak panel
unframed: 25.2 x 38.1 cm.; 10 x 15 in.
framed: 37.8 x 50.8 cm.; 14⅞ x 20 in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is clear and even. The colours remain bright. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small spot retouchings scattered in the sky, with more concentrated areas in short, horizontal bands above the horses' heads. There are retouchings scattered along all four margins, notably in the lower left corner, and fewer small retouchings in the cliff face upper right, and scattered in the horses and figures, notably in the central rearing horses, and around the hind legs of the horse on the right. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Private collection, Westphalia;
With Galerie Frye & Sohn, Münster, by 1997;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 10 November 1997, lot 37 (as Attributed to Douw), where acquired.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 110-13, cat. no. 14, reproduced in colour.