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Willem Kalf

Barn interior with a woman churning butter

VAT reduced rate

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Willem Kalf

Willem Kalf

Barn interior with a woman churning butter

Barn interior with a woman churning butter

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

107,100

GBP

Willem Kalf

Rotterdam 1619 - 1693 Amsterdam

Barn interior with a woman churning butter


signed centre left: KALF

oil on copper

unframed: 17.6 x 14.3 cm.; 6 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.

framed: 32.3 x 29.6 cm.; 12 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. 

The painting is on a nice and flat copper plate which has been cradled on its reverse. The painted surface seems to be in good condition and is covered with a rather shiny varnish layer. There are tiny discoloured retouchings visible throughout and some around the edges. When inspected under ultraviolet light the varnish layer fluoresces almost completely, showing some retouchings in both top corners and along the right edge. Frame: Black/brown veneer wooden frame.


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Traditionally believed to have been in the Galerie Orléans, France;
Lackmann collection, Frankfurt, 1887;
Stefan Carl Michel, Mainz;
By whom sold, Berlin, Lepke, 27 February 1917, lot 54;
Private collection, Paris;
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 22-24 November 1984, lot 85;
With Norbert Pokutta, Munich, March 1987 (when exhibited at Pictura, Maastricht);
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Leo Spik, 9-11 December 2004, lot 319;
Private collection, West Germany;
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 14 April 2005, lot 191, where acquired for the Wieg collection.
W. Bode, 'Die Ausstellungen alter Gemälde aus Privatbesitz in Düsseldorf und Brüssel im Herbst 1886', in Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, vol. 10, 1887, p. 43;
H. Thode, 'Die Ausstellung von Gemälden aus Mainzer Privatbesitz in Mainz im Mai 1887', in Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, vol. 10, 1887, p. 415;
A. von Wurzbach, Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon, Vienna and Leipzig 1906, vol. I, p. 234;
L. Grisebach, Willem Kalf: 1619-1693, Berlin 1974, p. 225, cat. no. 35, reproduced fig. 36;
J. Giltaij, in J. Giltaij and F.G. Meijer, Gemaltes Licht. Die Stilleben von Willem Kalf 1619-1693, exh. cat., Berlin 2006, p. 56, cat. no. 8, reproduced.
Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle, Verzeichniß der in der Kunsthalle zu Düsseldorf ausgestellten Bilder von älteren Meistern, September - October 1886, no. 176;
Mainz, Verzeichniß der im Stadtheater zu Mainz ausgestellten Bilder aus Mainzer Privatbesitz, May 1887, no. 110;
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Gemaltes Licht. Die Stilleben von Willem Kalf 1619-1693, 25 November 2006 - 18 February 2007, no. 8.

Born into a Rotterdam patrician family, Willem Kalf moved to Paris before 1641, returning to Holland in circa 1646. While in Paris he joined the circle of Flemish artists in St Germain-des-Prés and painted his first known works, a group of small-scale rustic interiors and still lifes. The present work, on copper, dates to this time and is comparable to other interiors by Kalf depicting the same subject; these include the painting last recorded in the collection of Willem van der Vorm, Rotterdam,1 and that which sold in these rooms, 5 April 1995.2


1 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/203373

2 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/64372