Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Rotterdam 1609 - 1685 Utrecht
An extensive mountain landscape with a view over a river valley
signed with monogram and dated centre left on the rock: HS. 1665
oil on oak panel
20.5 x 27.7 cm.; 8 x 10⅞ in.
The bevelled panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is mostly clean, and the varnish is clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals few, fine lines of retouching scattered in the sky, with a more concentrated section along the upper margin, but there appears to be little other intervention, and the painting is in overall very good condition. Offered in a carved, ebonised wooden frame in good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 20 November 1980, lot 195, when acquired.
Schieder-Schwalenberg 2000, no. 25;
Rotterdam 2008, no. 71.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven 1609-1685. Leben und Werke, Berlin 1982, p. 162, cat. no. 140-A;
Raupp 2001, pp. 228–31, cat. no. 59, reproduced in colour;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 81, cat. no. 71, reproduced in colour
With its delicately painted details and vivid palette, this mesmerising view is an impressive example of the panoramic landscapes for which Herman Saftleven is best renowned, encapsulating the unique artistic vision that defined his output and establishing him as one of the most successful and versatile Dutch artists of the seventeenth century.