Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Rotterdam 1609 - 1685 Utrecht
A BARN INTERIOR WITH LIGHT STREAMING THROUGH A WINDOW
signed with monogram on the jamb lower left: HSL
oil on oak panel
framed: 50 x 46.5 cm.; 19⅝ x 18¼ in.
unframed: 35.6 x 31.7 cm.; 14 x 12½ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean with a clear and even varnish. The surface is well preserved and much of the impasto remains intact. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the almost entirely original condition of the picture - there is no visible intervention. In excellent condition.
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Baron Adam Christopher Holsten Carisius, Holstenshuus (1793–1879), circa 1850 (as Willem Kalf);
Elise Sehestedt Juul (1867–1971), Ravnholt;
Mogens Juul Esq., Puerto de la Cruiz;
Eugène Tondu, no. 373 (according to a label on the reverse);
Anonymous sale, Copenhagen, Rasmussen, 23 November 1984, lot 31 (as Willem Kalf);
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Graue;
By whom sold, New York, Christie's, 28 January 2009, lot 303;
With Johnny van Haeften, London, (when exhibited at TEFAF, 2009), from whom acquired.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
P. Gammelbo, Dutch still-life painting from the 16th to the 18th centuries in Danish collections, Leigh-on-Sea 1960, p. 22, cat. no. 15, reproduced;
W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven. 1609–1685, Berlin and New York 1982, p. 123, cat. no. 11.
During his lifetime, Herman Saftleven was one of Holland's best-known artists. His father and his elder brother Cornelis probably trained him in his home town of Rotterdam before Saftlevens move to Utrecht around 1632. In the following year, he collaborated with Cornelis on paintings of rustic barn interiors. This subject later became his specialty, as exemplified by the present painting, where a quiet interior bathed in golden afternoon light is transformed into a poetic moment of tranquility.
1 For an article about TEFAF, Maastricht 2009, in which the present painting is mentioned, please visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/21/arts/21iht-melik21.html