Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Dieppe after 1610 - 1652 Amsterdam
A gentleman with a grey horse in a cavernous landscape
oil on canvas
75.2 x 95 cm.; 29⅝ x 37⅜ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is cleaned, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some scattered spot retouchings along the margins, as well as a few bigger areas: two in the rocks upper left, the largest approx. 3 x 2cm.; two in the rocks upper centre, the largest 4 x 5.5cm.; one just left of the gentleman approx. 4 x 2cm.; and one lower left approx. 3 x 2cm. These are all sensitively executed and the painting is in overall very good condition. Offered in a plain ebonised frame in good condition.
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Johan van der Marck (1707–72), Amsterdam;
His deceased sale, Amsterdam, Hendrik de Winter and Jan Yver, 25 August 1773, lot 2 (as Asselijn), for 540 francs;
Jan Danser Nyman;
His sale, Amsterdam, Philippe van der Schley, 16 August 1797, lot 1 (as Asselijn), for 112 francs;
Private collection, UK, 1857/58;
Grégoire Koucheleff-Besborodko (1832–70);
His sale, Paris, Durand-Ruel, 5 June 1869, lot 15 (as Karel du Jardin);
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 3 June 1987, lot 120 (as Asselijn), when acquired.
Manchester, Art Treasures of Great Britain, 5 May – 17 October 1857;
Rotterdam 2008, no. 61.
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C. Blanc, Le trésor de la curiosité tiré des catalogues de vente de tableaux, Paris 1858, vol. I, p. 223;
C. Blanc, Histoires des Peintres, Paris 1863, vol. I, p. 4, reproduced;
I. Ledermann, Beiträge zur geschichte des romantischen Landschaftsbildes in Holland und seines Einflusses auf die nationale Schule um die Mitte des 17.Jahrhunderts, doctoral diss., Berlin 1920, p. 38;
A.C. Steland-Stief, Jan Asselijn, Amsterdam 1971, pp. 91 and 138, cat. no. 94 (as location unknown);
Raupp 1996, pp. 24–27, cat. no. 3, reproduced in colour;
J.M. Kilian, The Paintings of Karel Du Jardin, Amsterdam and Philadelphia 2005, p. 287, cat. no. E6;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 76, cat. no. 61, reproduced in colour.
L.A. Claessens for Koucheleff-Besborodko sale, in reverse.
In the Nyman sale the painting is described as being signed by Asselijn, but by the time of the Koucheleff-Besborodko sale it had acquired a false Dujardin signature, now removed. The Claessens engraving is reproduced in Steland-Stief 1971, pl. LXII (see Literature).