SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
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Property from an Important Southern Collection

SYBRANDT VAN BEEST | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD

Property from an Important Southern Collection

SYBRANDT VAN BEEST | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot sold:32,500USD
(14 bids, reserve met)

Description

Property from an Important Southern Collection

SYBRANDT VAN BEEST

The Hague ca. 1610 - 1674 Amsterdam

A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE


signed and dated lower right: S.V.Beest / 1653 (VB in ligature)

oil on panel

panel: 26¼ by 38½ in.; 66.7 by 97.8 cm.

framed: 34¼ by 48 in.; 87 by 121.9 cm. 

Condition Report

The panel is flat and stable and is made of at least three horizontal boards. It seems to be beveled on all four edges, though the bevel on the upper edge is somewhat faint. Three vertical battens and a few horizontal battens support the panel on the reverse, as visible in the digital photo. Overall, the painting reads clearly beneath a crisp varnish and presents a strong image overall. It appears to have been sensitively restored in recent years. The horizontal joins are somewhat visible to the naked eye. UV light reveals retouching to the these joins, as well as some fine and well-applied scattered strokes in the darks of the costumes and scattered here and there in the scene, largely in the shadows of the background. Some fine strokes of retouching are visible in the lower center of the foreground to address the wood grain. There are two thin lines of retouching possibly to address an old surface scratch in the lower foreground, some scattered thin lines near the lower right edges, and a few in the upper left sky. Fine lines and spots of retouching are visible throughout the sky. No further work is necessary and the painting can certainly hang in its present condition. Offered in a simply molded dark brown frame.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

Provenance

Private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, by circa 1900;

Thence by descent in the family;

From whom acquired by Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York, circa 1994;

From whom acquired, December 1994.  

Catalogue Note

Signed and dated 1653, this panel depicting a poultry market during the cold winter months is characteristic of the output of Sybrand van Beest, a relatively rare Dutch Golden Age artist. He specialized in market scenes, which were almost always set in recognizable and specific locations in the artist's native city, The Hague, where he spent most of his active life.  Van Beest was influenced by one of the great masters of the Dutch landscape, Jan van Goyen, and his figures bear similarity to those of Isaac van Ostade, yet the tradition that he is following here is that of late-16th century Flemish paintings of markets, most commonly associated with representations of the seasons. Van Beest’s relatively unknown œuvre suggests that painting may not have been his only profession.

SYBRANDT VAN BEEST  | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
Property from an Important Southern Collection
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST | A WINTER MARKETPLACE IN THE HAGUE
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