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44

Jan Both

Italianate landscape at sunset, with travelers on a country road

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished European Collection

Jan Both

Jan Both

Italianate landscape at sunset, with travelers on a country road

Italianate landscape at sunset, with travelers on a country road

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 USD

Lot sold:

441,000

USD

Property from a Distinguished European Collection

Jan Both

Utrecht circa 1615/1622 - 1652

Italianate landscape at sunset, with travelers on a country road


signed lower left: JBoth (JB in compendium)

oil on canvas

canvas:  67 ⅛ by 86 ¼ in.; 170.5 by 219.1 cm.

framed: 76 by 93 in.; 193 by 236.2 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 large work is in good condition overall. The canvas is lined. The original canvas seems to be made of two pieces joined horizontally through the saddles of the donkeys on the right and through the large sunlit rock on the left. This join is raised in some areas, particularly in the trunks of the trees in the center. The paint layer is stable, and the lining can remain in place.


The work has not been recently cleaned, and it is visibly dirty with a yellowed varnish. No abrasion is apparent, but some of the leaves against the sky have been strengthened, perhaps indicating that some wear has occurred here. At the base of the central group of trees, there is a 5 inch horizontal restoration addressing an old break in the canvas. There are also retouches in the trees in the center of the right side running towards the lower right corner. The sky shows retouches, particularly in the center between the trees and in the upper right. There are a few other isolated retouches in the pathway beneath the donkeys, and a few other spots on the center of the bottom edge. The retouches are quite broad and could certainly be applied more accurately.


The work would benefit from cleaning and more accurate retouching, but it can be hung in its current state.


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. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color 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. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Commissioned by Johannes van der Hulk, Dordrecht;
Thence by descent to Gillis Francken, Dordrecht;
His sale, Dordrecht, 23 April 1720, lot 18 ("Een Capitaal Landscap door Jan Both heerlijk en konstif geschildert," h. 5v. 10d, br. 7v. 2d, sold for 80 florins);
Prince U. Gagarine, Saint Petersburg;
With Neufang, Munich;
From whom acquired by the husband of an anonymous Lady, March 1955;
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Lady"), London, Sotheby's, 3 July 1996, lot 31; 
There acquired by the present collector. 

G. Hoet, Catalogus of naamlyst van schilderyen, The Hague 1742, vol. 1, p. 248;

A. Houbraken, De Groote Schouburgh der Nederlandsce Konschilders en Schilderessen1718-1721, 2nd ed., vol. II, The Hague 1953, pp. 113-14 (Van der Hulk Collection);

C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, Esslingen/Paris 1926, p. 509, no. 326 (as once in the Van der Hulk Collection);

H.J. Horn, The Golden Age Revisited. Arnold Houbraken’s Great Theatre of Netherlandish Painters and Paintresses,Doornspijk 2000, p. 195 (as once in the Van der Hulk Collection).