Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ROMBOUT VAN TROYEN
Amsterdam circa 1605 - 1655
King Ahaz sacrifices his son to Moloch
signed and dated centre right: R Troyen fec 1626
oil on panel
60 x 93.5 cm.; 23⅝ x 36¾ in.
The panel is uncradled, and has 3 horizontal inlaid battens which correspond to old splits - these are visible from the front approx. one third of the way from the lower margin, all have associated retouching, and between them run the width of the panel. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish slightly discoloured and uneven. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouchings, and reveals the uneven varnish which fluoresces opaque, impeding visibility and making it difficult to discern any further restoration, bar for a 1cm. retouching to a scratch above the column centre left, and a T-shape retouching along the top of the left margin. The painting appears in overall good condition. Offered in a plain ebonised frame with minor losses.
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Private collection, New York;
Anonymous sale ('Property from a private collection, New York'), New York, Christie's, 26 March 1987, lot 155 (where unsold);
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 2 June 1988, lot 123;
With P. & N. de Boer, Amsterdam;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria;
His deceased sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 16 November 1993, lot 13, when acquired.
Rotterdam 2008, no. 51.
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Gordon 1989, cat. no. 114;
Rotterdam 2008, p. 70, no. 51, reproduced;
Raupp 2010, pp. 400–06, cat. no. 68, reproduced p. 401.
A similar (but much smaller) work by van Troyen, a Sacrifice in an ancient catacomb, is in the Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum in Brunswick.(1) For a discussion of this artist's œuvre see J.Q. van Regteren Altena's article in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. LXXXIV, October 1974, pp. 215–22.
1 See R. Klessmann, Die Holländischen Gemälde, Brunswick 1983, p. 200, cat. no. 744.