• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 568

    [BIDLOO, GOVERT (1649-1713)] KOMSTE VAN ZIJNE MAJESTEIT WILLEM III. KONING VAN GROOT BRITANJE, ENZ. IN HOLLAND; OFTE OMSTANDELIJKE BESCHRYVING VAN ALLES, HET WELKE OP DES ZELFS KOMSTE EN GEDUURENDE ZYN VERBLIJF, IN 'S-GRAAVENHAAGE EN ELDERS, TEN TEEKEN VAN VREUGDE EN EERE, IS OPGERECHT EN VOORGEVALLEN

    BY ARNOUD LEERS, 'S-GRAVENHAGE 1691

    Price Realised  

    [BIDLOO, GOVERT (1649-1713)] KOMSTE VAN ZIJNE MAJESTEIT WILLEM III. KONING VAN GROOT BRITANJE, ENZ. IN HOLLAND; OFTE OMSTANDELIJKE BESCHRYVING VAN ALLES, HET WELKE OP DES ZELFS KOMSTE EN GEDUURENDE ZYN VERBLIJF, IN 'S-GRAAVENHAAGE EN ELDERS, TEN TEEKEN VAN VREUGDE EN EERE, IS OPGERECHT EN VOORGEVALLEN
    BY ARNOUD LEERS, 'S-GRAVENHAGE 1691
    FOLIO, WITH ALLEGORICAL FRONTISPIECE WITH PORTRAIT OF KING WILLEM III BY PIETER VAN GUNST AFTER J. BRANDON, ELEVEN FULL-PAGE PLATES AND FOUR HALF-PAGE PLATES (INCL. FRONTISPIECE) BY ROMEYN DE HOOGHE (1645-1708), WOODCUT TITLE-VIGNETTE, VELLUM BINDING, FIRST PAGE WITH MONOGRAM IN INK, PAPER LABEL INSCRIBED AUS C.E. HAEFLER'S MAGAZIN WOHLFEILER GEBUNDENER BüCHER, HAMBURG NEUENWALL 141.; SOME MINOR DAMAGES AND FOLDS


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    THE PRESENT LOT IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE FINEST DUTCH ROYAL FêTE OR ENTREE BOOKS OF THE BAROQUE PERIOD. THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PRODUCED TO COMMEMORATE THE 1691 VISIT OF STADTHOLDER WILLEM III. IT CELEBRATES THE JOYOUS ENTRY INTO THE HAGUE OF STADTHOLDER WILLIAM III AS KING OF GREAT BRITAIN.
    THE KING CAME TO THE NETHERLANDS TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE ALLIED FORCES AT WAR WITH KING LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE. THE CITY GOVERNORS OF THE HAGUE MADE ELABORATE PREPARATIONS, BUILDING FOUR LARGE TRIUMPHAL ARCHES COVERED WITH ALLEGORICAL PAINTINGS AND STATUES. THE ARCH AT THE TOWN MARKET WAS ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OBELISKS, AND PAINTED WALLS THAT ENCIRCLED THE ENTIRE SQUARE. ROMEYN DE HOOGHE (1645-1708) PARTICIPATED IN THE PLANNING OF THE DECORATIONS AND RECORDED THE FESTIVITIES AT THEIR HEIGHT IN THE PRESENT SERIES OF ETCHINGS.
    THEY SHOW THE SPLENDID ENTREE AT THE HAGUE, ASSOCIATED CEREMONIES, THE ENORMOUS TRIUMPHAL ARCHES, THEIR PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE, THE NIGHTLY ILLUMINATION OF THE TOWN HALL, FIREWORKS, ETC., MOST OF THE PLATES MEASURING CIRCA 32.5 X 44 CM.

    A SIMILAR, BUT COLOURED, VERSION OF THIS BOOK WAS RECENTLY SOLD CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK, 12 JUNE 2009, SALE 2178, LOT 169, FOR $80,500.

    Special Notice

    Christie’s charges a premium to the buyer on the Hammer Price of each lot sold at the following rates: 29.75% of the Hammer Price of each lot up to and including €20,000, plus 23.8% of the Hammer Price between €20,001 and €800.000, plus 14.28% of any amount in excess of €800.000. Buyer’s premium is calculated on the basis of each lot individually.


    Literature

    BERLIN 2952; LANDWEHR 146; RUGGIERI 1095; RUGGIERI 1095; VINET 752 NOTE.