Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Haarlem circa 1610/1615 - 1659 Haarlem
Fishing boats in a storm
signed with monogram on the leeboard lower left: ML
oil on oak panel
39.6 x 60.1 cm.; 15⅝ x 23⅝ in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals tiny spot retouching scattered throughout, a slightly bigger spot in the ship in the distance lower centre, and wash retouching scattered in the clouds, but the painting appears to be in overall good condition. Offered in a carved wooden frame in good condition.
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With Rupert Preston Ltd., London, by 1966;
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 29 November – 1 December 1967, lot 6 (as Abraham van Beyeren);
With Charles van der Heijden, Rotterdam;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria, from whom acquired.
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam 1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam 2008, no. 74.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
M. Roethlisberger, Cavalier Pietro Tempesta and his time, Delaware 1970, p. 88, reproduced fig. 53;
Salzburg / Münster 1972–1973, pp. 90-91, reproduced;
Rotterdam 1973, pp. 92–93, reproduced;
G.S. Keyes, 'Pieter Mulier the Elder' in Oud Holland, vol. 90, 1976, p. 236;
Bol 1982, p. 143, reproduced fig. 148;
B. Haak, The Golden Age: Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, Zwolle 2003, p. 246, reproduced fig. 516;
Raupp 2001, pp. 184–87, cat. no. 46, reproduced in colour;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 83, cat. no. 74, reproduced in colour.
This is a quintessential work by the Haarlem artist Pieter Mulier, whose strongly tonal sea pieces painted almost entirely in shades of grey are characterised by a warm pink ground.