ANTHONIE VAN BORSSUM | A LANDSCAPE WITH COWS AND SHEEP RESTING UNDER A TREE, A HUNTSMAN AND HIS DOGS NEARBY, A RUINED CASTLE AND MOUNTAINS BEYOND
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ANTHONIE VAN BORSSUM
Amsterdam 1630 - 1677
A LANDSCAPE WITH COWS AND SHEEP RESTING UNDER A TREE, A HUNTSMAN AND HIS DOGS NEARBY, A RUINED CASTLE AND MOUNTAINS BEYOND
signed and dated lower left: AVBorssom fec. (AVB in ligature)
oil on canvas
unframed: 66.5 x 64 cm.; 26¼ x 25⅜ in.
framed: 83.3 x 80.5 cm.; 32¾ x 31¾ in.
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The canvas is relined, the varnish is clear and even and the paint surface is stable. There are two pinprick losses in the sky above the cow on the left. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching around all four margins, presumably to disguise abrasion caused by the frame. There are otherwise only a handful of sensitively-executed and seemingly cosmetic small retouchings scattered throughout. In overall very good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, 1 June 1987, lot 13, when acquired.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 74–77, cat. no. 10, reproduced in colour.
Borssum is thought to have been a pupil of Rembrandt during the second half of the 1640s, but the majority of his works show relatively little stylistic debt to the master, and instead show the influence of Paulus Potter, Aelbert Cuyp and Aert van der Neer. Because only five of the artist's paintings are dated, scholars have had difficulty in tracing his stylistic development.