JAN LOOTEN | A MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE WITH TRAVELLERS ON A PATH NEAR A WATERFALL AND A DRAUGHTSMAN ON A ROCK, A TOWN BEYOND
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Amsterdam 1618 - circa 1681 London
A MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE WITH TRAVELLERS ON A PATH NEAR A WATERFALL AND A DRAUGHTSMAN ON A ROCK, A TOWN BEYOND
inscribed lower right: W.F. 88.
oil on canvas
unframed: 51.7 x 67.2 cm.; 20⅜ x 26½ in.
framed: 66 x 81 cm.; 26 x 32 in.
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The canvas has a firm relining. The paint surface is clean with a clear and even varnish. There is some evidence of wear in some of the darker tones. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along all four margins (particularly to the upper left) and some others scattered throughout, most notable to the aforementioned areas of wear to the centre right and lower left. In overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 19 October 1943, lot 103 (as Evert Marseus);
Acquired at the above sale by Norddeutsche Kreditbank AG., Bremen and on deposit at the Bremen Kunsthalle;
Recovered by the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the Allied Forces at the end of WWII;
Given to the custody of the Austrian Government on 27 February 1948 (according to a label on the reverse);
Held in trust by the Austrian State until transferred to the Federation of Austrian Jewish Communities and sold for the benefit of the victims of the Holocaust;
Mauerbach benefit sale, Vienna, Christie's, 29–30 October 1996, lot 49;
Private collection, USA;
Anonymous sale ('Property of an American Private Collector'), New York, Sotheby's, 28 May 1999, lot 153 (as Jacob de Villeers), when acquired.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 134–37, cat. no. 30, reproduced in colour (as Looten).
Although this painting has previously been attributed to Jacob de Villeers, it was Marijke de Kinkelder of the R.K.D., The Hague, who rightly identified it as a work by Jan Looten.