Soldiers preparing an ambush
Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter
Pieter de Molijn

Soldiers preparing an ambush

22 January 2021 • New York

Soldiers preparing an ambush
Soldiers preparing an ambush
Soldiers preparing an ambush
Soldiers preparing an ambush
Soldiers preparing an ambush
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Pieter de Molijn

Soldiers preparing an ambush

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Pieter de Molijn

Pieter de Molijn

Soldiers preparing an ambush

Soldiers preparing an ambush

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 14 hours

12 days, 14 hours

January 30, 03:40 PM (GMT)

January 30, 03:40 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Pieter de Molijn

London 1595 - 1661 Haarlem

Soldiers preparing an ambush


oil on panel

panel: 8 1/8 by 11 7/8 in.; 20.6 by 30.3 cm. 

framed: 14 1/4 by 17 3/4 in.; 36.2 by 45.1 cm.  

Condition report

The panel is flat, uncradled, and stable. Bevelling is visible at all four edges. The painted surface reads well overall, with crisp and colorful details well preserved. There is a small dot of retouching in the extreme upper left corner near the branch of trees, and a spot of retouching in the sky at upper right. Inspection under UV reveals only a few scattered small spots here and there throughout, mostly near the extreme edges. The painting can certainly hang in its present condition. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt frame with some nicks and losses.


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Provenance

Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna (as Pieter Nolpe);
From whom acquired, 1960. 

Exhibited

Manchester, New Hampshire, Currier Museum of Art, Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt, 29 September 2012 - 6 January 2013 (as Haarlem School, circa 1640).

Catalogue note

Pieter de Molijn was a prolific Dutch Golden Age artist active primarily in Haarlem, where he entered the Guild of Saint Luke in 1616.  This painting, which shows soldiers waiting in hiding to ambush oncoming travelers, likely dates to Molijn's early career. It shares a number of notable similarities in figural types, setting and style to his works from about 1629-1631.1  For example, the figures with their large floppy hats come close to the types found in Molijn's signed and dated drawing of 1629,1 the foliage and landscape comes close to that found in an early drawing today in Braunschweig,2 and the setting and style closely compares to an signed oil painting dated 1630 of a Farm Landscape with a wagon and figures recorded by Beck in a private collection, Houston.3  This painting also shares affinities with a panel formerly attributed to the late career of Esias van de Velde but that is today given to Pieter de Molijn and is datable to circa 1630-31.


1. Pen and brown ink with brown wash, 14.3 by 19.2 cm. See H-U. Beck, Pieter Molyn: Katalog der Handzeichnung, Doornspijk 1998, cat. no. 10.

2. Pen and brown ink with brown wash, 20.2 by 30.7 cm. Beck 1998, cat. no. 13.

3. Oil on panel, 41.5 by 65 cm, recorded in the collection of Jimmy Younger. Beck 1998, cat. no. 784.

4. Oil on panel, 26.7 by 37.5 cm. See https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/59173.