Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Jan van Kessel

River landscape

Auction Closed

January 26, 04:31 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Details


Jan van Kessel

1641 - 1680

River landscape

Black chalk and gray wash;

bears inscription in pen and brown ink, verso: drecht (?)

178 by 259 mm; 7 by 10¼ in.

Marquis Charles de Valori (1820-1883), Paris (L.2500),
his sale, Paris, Loys Détail, 13 February 1908, lot 285 (as "RUYSDAEL Attribue à Salomon. Bords de riviere. Lavis d'encre de Chine.");
possible collector's mark, upper right (now obscured)

The attribution to Van Kessel of this lyrical river view was confirmed to the present owner by Dr. Alice Davies in 2010. Davies compares the drawing stylistically with a series of peaceful scenes incorporating water, mostly signed, which she dates to the mid-1660s.  These drawings include the Ruins of Brederode, in the Rijksmuseum,2 the View of Monnickendam from theBuitensingel2, The Schalkwijkerpoort atHaarlem,3 both in Haarlem, and The Omval on the Amstel near Amsterdam, in Rotterdam.4

1. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv. no. A 4346; A.I. Davies, Jan van Kessel (1641-1680), Doornspijk 1992, p. 233, no. d12, pl. 195

2. Haarlem, Teylers Museum, inv. no. R*8; Davies, op. cit., p. 241, no. d23, pl. 206

3. Haarlem, Teylers Museum, inv. nos. R*9; Davies, op. cit., pp. 237-8, no. d18, pl. 201

4.  Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, inv. no. JvK 3; Davies, op. cit., p. 242, no. d24, pl. 207