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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 146

    Attributed to Carel Fabritius (Midden-Beemster 1622-1654 Delft)

    Joseph interpreting Dreams

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    Attributed to Carel Fabritius (Midden-Beemster 1622-1654 Delft)
    Joseph interpreting Dreams
    pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, brown ink framing lines
    6 x 7 7/8 in. (152 x 200 mm.)


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    This elaborately finished composition, the figures emphasized with strong contours, is reminiscent of Rembrandt's pupils, particularly Carel Fabritius, who studied with Rembrandt in the first half of the 1640s. For similar drawings by Fabritius see P. Schatborn, 'Drawings attributed to Carel Fabritius', Oud Holland, 2006, 119, 2/3, pp. 130-38.
    The subject is probably based upon the story of Joseph interpreting Dreams of the butler and baker from Genesis 40:1-20. Joseph is seated at the right.
    We are grateful to Dr. Peter Schatborn for his assistance in attributing and cataloguing this drawing.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 23, 60, 73, 91, 131, 142, 143, 146 AND 151)