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Johannes Kuveenis the Elder

Still life with a herring, cheese, crab and songbirds

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Estimate:

6,000

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- 8,000 GBP

Johannes Kuveenis the Elder

Johannes Kuveenis the Elder

Still life with a herring, cheese, crab and songbirds

Still life with a herring, cheese, crab and songbirds

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Lot sold:

11,340

GBP

Johannes Kuveenis the Elder

Bremen circa 1620 - 1666 The Hague

Still life with a herring, cheese, crab and songbirds


signed and dated on the table ledge lower left: J Kuveenis anno 1645

oil on oak panel

unframed: 49 x 65 cm.; 19 1/4 x 25 5/8 in.

framed: 71.5 x 88.5 cm.; 28 1/8 x 35 in.

The painting consists of two planks joined horizontally and is bevelled on all sides. On the reverse the join has been a bit mulled out. The panel is slightly warped in the top and around the lower edge. The painted surface seems to be in a good condition. Some minor retouchings can be seen along the horizontal join. The black areas on the right have worn a bit thin, as has the brown background. The impasto of the white paint seems to be nicely preserved. When inspected under ultraviolet light the varnish layer fluoresces a little bit, showing extensive retouchings throughout. The strengthening is especially visible in the basket on the right and on the bread. Frame: Black / brown painted veneer wooden frame with gold fillet.


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Probably with G.C. Dekkers, Wassenaar, February 1982;
Acquired for the Wieg collection in circa 1998-2000.
A. van der Willigen and F.G. Meijer, A dictionary of Dutch and Flemish still-life painters working in oils: 1525-1725, Leiden 2003, p. 127;
E. Buijsen, Haagse Schilders in de Gouden Eeuw. Het Hoogsteder Lexicon van alle schilders werkzaam in Den Haag 1600-1700, Zwolle 1998, p. 322, reproduced.
The Hague, Haags Historisch Museum, Haagse Schilders in de Gouden Eeuw, 12 December 1998 - 3 July 1999 (see catalogue under Literature).

Johannes Kuveeenis (or Cuvenis) the Elder was born in Bremen. He was mainly active in The Hague and became a member of the painter’s guild there in 1650. He is known for a compact corpus of still lifes.


The present work is signed and dated 1645, making it his earliest known painting, along with another work which shares similar elements, sold at Christie’s, Amsterdam, 7 November 2007, lot 20.1


1 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/115516