Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JAN JOSEF HOREMANS THE YOUNGER
Antwerp circa 1714 - after 1790
THE DEVIL AS A TAX-COLLECTOR, BEING EXPELLED FROM A STORE
signed and dated lower right: J. Horemans. 1752
oil on canvas
unframed: 49.3 x 57.9 cm.; 19½ x 22¾ in.
framed: 65 x 74 cm.; 25⅝ x 29⅛ in.
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The canvas has a firm relining. The paint surface is clean and the varnish clear and even. There is a degree of wear visible in the surface, particularly in the darker tones. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals numerous small and sensitively executed retouchings throughout - the most concentrated are in the upper corners and the upper margin; and the lower left corner.
In overall fair condition.
Offered in a period carved and giltwood frame in good condition.
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Captain H.A. Franklyn;
His sale, London, Christie's, 15 June 1956, lot 19, as one of a pair (as Jan Josef Horemans the Elder), to Munter for £231;
Reginal Toms, Coinsins, Switzerland;
His sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 June 1995, lot 270, as one of a pair (as Jan Josef Horemans the Elder), where acquired.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 136–39, cat. no. 32, reproduced in colour.
The pair with which this painting was sold in 1956 and again in 1995, depicting a family taking tea in an interior, is of the same dimensions, and singed and dated in the same manner at the lower left corner.