CORNELIS VAN DER MEULEN | VANITAS STILL LIFE WITH A SKULL, A GUTTERING CANDLE, A TORTOISESHELL MIRROR, A BOOK, A STATUETTE OF SAINT SUSANNA, AND A PACK OF CARDS
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
CORNELIS VAN DER MEULEN
Dordrecht 1642 - 1692 Stockholm
VANITAS STILL LIFE WITH A SKULL, A GUTTERING CANDLE, A TORTOISESHELL MIRROR, A BOOK, A STATUETTE OF SAINT SUSANNA, AND A PACK OF CARDS
signed and dated lower right on the base of the statue: Cornelis vander Meulen / 1688
oil on canvas
unframed: 58 x 47.4 cm.; 22⅞ x 18¾ in.
framed: 83 x 72 cm.; 32⅝ x 28⅜ in.
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The canvas has a firm lining. The paint surface is secure and stable with a clear and even varnish, with some minor frame abrasion visible. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a restored old tare in the lower third of the painting running from the nose of the skull down trough the card into the draped table top. There are other scattered retouchings throughout most significantly concentrations of which appear to be in the background around the silhouette of the candle, in the delineation of the book at the back right of the composition, and throughout the darker tones used throughout the statue. In fair overall condition with no further work required.
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Probably Törnhjelm, 1742:
Major F. Bensow, Norrköping, circa 1951;
Anonymous sale, Stockholm, Bukowski, 28 October 1985, lot 518;
With Trafalgar Galleries, London, 1995;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 15 October 1998, lot 1, when acquired.
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O. Granberg, Inventaire générale des trésors d'art en Suède, vol. I, Stockholm 1911, p. 19;
B. Rapp, Djur och Stilleben i karolinskt maleri, Stockholm 1951, pp. 69–70, cat. no. 5, reproduced fig. 37;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 178–81, cat. no. 37, reproduced in colour.
Very little is known about this artist, although he was probably a pupil of Samuel van Hoogstraten, and moved to Sweden in 1678. The statuette of the virgin martyr Saint Susanna is based on a sculpture by Francois Duquesnoy (1597–1643) which was executed for the altar of Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome. This statue was little known until the 18th century, so it seems probable that van der Meulen also travelled to Rome at some point.