ALEXANDER KEIRINCX | Landscape with a herder and his cows on the edge of a wood, with a mother and child feeding chickens beside a building
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Antwerp 1600 - 1652 Amsterdam
Landscape with a herder and his cows on the edge of a wood, with a mother and child feeding chickens beside a building
signed lower centre: .ALEXANDER · KEIRINCX.
oil on oak panel
31.6 x 62.2 cm.; 12½ x 24½ in.
The panel is uncradled, only very slightly bowed, and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. In raking light it is possible to detect some very minor tenting in the paint surface on the left-hand side, which is entirely stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine spot retouchings in the sky along the wood grain, as well as some minor retouchings in the foliage upper left, in the centre of the lower margin, in the lower right corner, and in the centre of the right margin. There is a more recent spot retouching just above the thatched roof of the hut to a small loss. None of these interventions impede the legibility of the image, and are not discernible to the naked eye. The painting is ready to hang and in good overall condition.
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Joseph-Marie-François de Lassone (1717–88), Paris;
His sale, Paris, Paillet, 5 March 1789, lot 30, (as Keirincx, with figures and animals by Hans Jordaens) for 42 Livres;
On the Paris art market;
With Galerie Louis J. van Wachem, Voorburg, 1958;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria;
His deceased sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 16 November 1993, lot 4, when acquired.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse landschappen uit de 17e eeuw, July – August 1963, no. 58;
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam 1973, unnumbered;
Schieder-Schwalenberg 2000, no. 6;
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, 17 March – 10 June 2001, no. 95;
Rotterdam 2008, no. 64.
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L.J. Bol et al., Nederlandse landschappen uit de 17e eeuw, exh. cat., Dordrecht 1963, p. 26, cat. no. 58, reproduced fig. 19;
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, p. 58, reproduced;
Rotterdam 1973, p. 60, reproduced;
Bol & Keyes 1981, p. 70, cat. no. 18, reproduced in colour;
O. Le Bihan, L’or et l’ombre. Catalogue critique et raisonné des peintures hollandaises de 17ième et de 18ième siècles, conservées au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux 1990, p. 170, note 23;
P.H. Janssen et al., Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, exh. cat., Zwolle 2001, p. 188, cat. no. 95, reproduced;
Raupp 2001, pp. 108–11, cat. no. 23, reproduced in colour;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 78, cat. no. 64, reproduced in colour.
Keirincx was a Flemish painter whose early works were informed by the examples of artists such as Jan Brueghel the Elder and Gillis van Coninxloo. This painting probably dates to the 1620s, when Keirincx was working in Antwerp. The recession of the landscape achieved through alternating light and dark tones and the feathery foliage are particularly reminiscent of his Flemish forebears.
Joseph-Marie-François de Lassone, the first documented owner of this painting, was the personal physician to Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.