Property from a European Private Collection
Utrecht (?) circa 1600 - 1667
the former signed lower right: J.DVCK
a pair, both oil on copper
each: 18 x 14.5 cm.; 7⅛ x 5¾ in.
The copper plates are flat and stable, the paint surfaces are slightly dirty, and the varnishes slightly discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered pin-prick retouchings throughout both, which in no way detract from the legibility of the images. In overall good condition. Offered in plain, ebonised wood frames in very 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."
Sale, The Hague, Kunst Schilders Confrerie-Kamer, 24 April 1737, lot 73;
Hendrik Verschuuring, Commis ter Finantie van Holland, The Hague;
His posthumous sale, The Hague, Rietmulder, 17 September 1770, lots 49 and 50;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 6 July 1934, lot 80, for 5 1/2 Guineas;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 October 2008, lot 69, where acquired by the present owner post-sale.
J.C. Weyerman, De Levens-beschryvingen der Nederlandsche Konst-schilders en Konst-schilderessen, The Hague 17269, vol. 4, p. 40;
P. Terwesten, Catalogus of Naamlyst van Schilderyen, met derzelver prysen zedert den 22. Augusti 1752 tot den 21. November 1768, The Hague 1770, p. 15;
J. Rosen, Jacob Duck c. 1600-1667. Catalogue Raisonné, Amsterdam 2017, p. 228, cat. nos 131 and 132, reproduced in colour.
At the time of the Sotheby's 2008 sale, these paintings bore labels on the reverse referring to William Jenkins, Clifton Court.