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Marten van Cleve the Elder

Children's Games

Estimate:

300,000 to - 500,000 USD

Property from a European Private Collection

Marten van Cleve the Elder

Marten van Cleve the Elder

Children's Games

Children's Games

Estimate:

300,000 to - 500,000 USD

Lot sold:

625,000

USD

Property from a European Private Collection

Marten van Cleve the Elder

Antwerp circa 1527 - before 24 November 1581

Children's Games


oil on oak panel

29 ¾ by 42 ⅜ in.; 75.4 by 107.5 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work has been restored and should be hung in its current state. The paint layer is stable. The panel had cracked in several areas through the church and sky, and in the lower part of the picture through some of the figures. These cracks are now secured and have received some fine retouching. The figures are mostly well preserved. There are accurate retouches to some cracking and weakness, but the only concentration of retouching in the lower half of the composition is around the pile of sand on the right side. The retouches are more numerous and quite thorough in the church and sky, and in trees and buildings beyond.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

Karl Eugen, Herzog von Wurttemberg (1728–93), Schloss Ludwigsburg, 1767 inventory, fol. 108, no. 2 (as a pendant to the ‘Entry of Christ into Jerusalem’, attributed to the Brunswick Monogrammist, also acquired by the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart);
Thence by descent, possibly at Stuttgart following the abandonment of Ludwigsburg in 1775, and in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, probably from 1843, and certainly by 1902, inv. no. 1085;
Whence deaccessioned in 1958;
Heinz Kisters, Kreuzlingen, by 1969;
Sale, Toulouse, Marc Labarbe, 12 December 2019;
Private collection, Belgium.
W. Spemann, Verzeichnis der Gemäldesammlung im Kgl. Museum der Bildenden Künste zu Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1903, p. 41, cat. no. 130 (as Style of Pieter Brueghel the Younger);
T. von Frimmel, 'Reisenotizen aus der Stuttgarter Galerie', in Blätter für Gemäldekunde, Vienna 1907, III, p. 116, cat. no. 130 (as Pieter Baltens);
K. Lange-Tübingen, Verzeichnis der Gemäldesammlung im Kgl. Museum der Bildenden Künste zu Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1907, p. 97, cat. no. 130 (as Style of Pieter Brueghel the Younger), and p. 287 (with Theodor von Frimmel’s opinion, as Pieter Balten);
Verzeichnis der Gemäldesammlung im Kgl. Museum der Bildenden Künste zu Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1917, p. 14, cat. no. 130 (as Style of Pieter Brueghel the Younger);
Katalog der Staatsgalerie zu Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1931, p. 24 (as Pieter Brueghel the Younger);
Katalog der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1957, pp. 28-29 (as Pieter Baltens?);
G.T. Faggin, ‘De genre-schilder Marten van Cleef’, in Oud Holland, vol. 80, 1965, reproduced fig. 12 (as after Marten van Cleve);
G. Marlier, Pierre Brueghel le Jeune, Brussels 1969, p. 350, reproduced p. 351, fig. 216 (as Marten van Cleve);
Museumskataloge Graz, 1994, p. 101 (according to Ertz 2014);
S.J. Kostyshyn, A reintroduction of the life and work of Peeter Baltens alias Custodis of Antwerp (1527–1584), doctoral diss., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 1994, cat. no. 112-A, reproduced fig. 158 (as Marten van Cleve or Workshop);
A. Orrock, 'Homo ludens: Pieter Bruegel’s Children’s Games and the Humanist Educators', in Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, vol. 4, no. 2 (Summer 2012), p. 30, note 64;
K. Ertz, Marten van Cleve 1524–1581. Kritischer Katalog der Gemälde und Zeichnungen, Lingen 2014, pp. 43 and 169, cat. no. 74 (with incorrect image reproduced; as Marten van Cleve).