PIETER VAN DER WERFF | THE VIRGIN AND CHILD, WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SAINT ANNE
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
PIETER VAN DER WERFF
Kralingen-Ambacht 1665 - 1722 Rotterdam
THE VIRGIN AND CHILD, WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SAINT ANNE
oil on canvas
unframed: 118.6 x 89.5 cm.; 46¾ x 35¼ in.
framed: 134 x 103 cm.; 52¾ x 40½ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is dirty and the varnish slightly discoloured. There is a degree of wear visible throughout but no major visible damage. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals the uneven application of the varnish but apparently very few retouchings save for a small restored damage in the upper left corner. In overall good condition.
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Private collection, Westphalia, whence acquired in 1954.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, p. 464–69, cat. no. 80, reproduced in colour.
Pieter van der Werff was the younger brother and pupil of Adriaen van der Werff, one of the greatest practitioners of historical, religious and mythological painting of the time, who enjoyed a stellar career. For a number of years, Pieter simply made copies of works by his brother; later, he started producing original works in his manner, including history paintings, portraits and genre scenes, such as the present painting, although they were usually on a small scale. Pieter was senior member of the Rotterdam painters' guild in 1703 and 1715.