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Jacob Cats

The Month of December: View of a Village in the Snow

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Jacob Cats

Jacob Cats

The Month of December: View of a Village in the Snow

The Month of December: View of a Village in the Snow

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Lot sold:

8,190

USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Jacob Cats

Altona 1741 - 1799 Amsterdam

The Month of December: View of a Village in the Snow


Black chalk with brown and gray wash, within brown ink framing lines;

signed in black chalk, verso: J: Cats and bears inscription: December

115 by 179 mm; 4 ½ by 7 in

Hinge mounted to a modern cream mount. With the exception of some very minor drop back in the washes this drawing remains in delightful condition throughout. Sold unframed.


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.

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

We are grateful to Gajus Scheltema for suggesting that the church in this view as that of Bergen, in the Dutch province of Noord Holland.

Born in Altona, near Hamburg, at a young age Cats was brought by his parents to live in Amsterdam. In early 1759, he found employment in the wall-decoration workshop of a certain Jan Hendrik Troost van Groenendoelen, and in May 1762 he set up his own business, producing, with considerable success, the painted wall-hangings that were so popular in Amsterdam interiors of the period. Eventually, however, this fashion began to decline, and Cats then turned his hand to the production of highly finished landscape drawings and watercolors such as this, an art in which he became the leading figure in late-18th century Holland.


Like many of his contemporaries, Cats made sets of finished drawings and watercolors, with unifying themes such as the seasons or the months. This drawing probably originally formed part of such a series, within which the winter scenes were often the most animated and appealing.