Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Amsterdam? 1640 - 1705 Amsterdam
THREE PIGEONS AND A ROOSTER BY A PAIL OF WATER
signed and dated centre right: JAcomo Victors / f: / 1672
oil on canvas
unframed: 73.6 x 89.7 cm.; 29 x 35¼ in.
framed: 87.5 x 103 cm.; 34½ x 40½ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is stable, with a relatively clear and even varnish. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals very little; the varnish fluoresces opaque, making previous restoration difficult to discern, although there would seem to have been an old horizontal tear, approximately 10in. long, running from the pail through the leg of the rooster, to the beam at the right (running through the first part of the signature), with two tears running off this, towards the lower edge of the canvas. This damage has been well-restored and is not immediately visible. There appear to be further repairs to small tears at the lower left margin. There also appears to be an area of restoration in the upper right corner. Other small restorations appear to be of a more cosmetic nature. In overall fair condition.
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Niederländisches Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert--Gemälde und Zeichnungen im Umkreis grosser Meister aus der Sammlung F.C. Butôt, exh. cat., Salzburg 1972, p. 170, reproduced;
Hollandse en Vlaamse kunst uit de 17e eeuw: hoogtepunten van minder bekende meesters: schilderijen en tekeningen uit de verzameling F.C. Butôt, exh. cat., Rotterdam 1973, p. 170;
K.J. Müllenmeister, Meer und Land Licht des 17. Jahrhunderts. Tierdarstellungen in Werken niederländischer Künstler, vol. III, Bremen 1981, cat. no. 497;
L.J. Bol, G. Keyes and F.C. Butôt, Netherlandish paintings and drawings from the collection of F.C. Butôt by little-known and rare masters of the seventeenth century, London 1981, p. 64, cat. no. 15, reproduced;
L.J. Bol, Holländische Malerei nahe den grossen Meistern. Landschaften und Stilleben, Brunswick 1982, p. 235, reproduced fig. 221;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 248–51, cat. no. 56, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 121, cat. no. 129, reproduced in colour.
Salzburg, Museumpavillon im Mirabellgarten, 12 July – 12 September 1972; Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, 26 September 1972 – 14 January 1973, Niederländische Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Hollandse en Vlaamse Kunst uit de
17e eeuw, 16 February – 1 April 1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 129.
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Victors probably trained alongside Melchior d'Hondecoeter in the workshop of Jan-Baptiste Weenix in Amsterdam. After his training he left for Venice where he stayed for most of the 1660s, returning to the Netherlands by 1670. In Venice he enjoyed considerable success, and is also when he italianicised his name from Jacobus to Jacomo – as seen in the present painting. His work was to have a have a profound influence on the younger Venetian artist Giovanni Agostino Cassana.