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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    Nicolaes PIETERSZ. Berchem (Haarlem 1620-1683 Amsterdam)

    Peasants and animals fording a stream, below town walls

    Price Realised  

    Nicolaes PIETERSZ. Berchem (Haarlem 1620-1683 Amsterdam)
    Peasants and animals fording a stream, below town walls
    signed 'Berghem'
    traces of black chalk, pen and grey ink, grey wash, watermark Arms of Amsterdam
    7 3/8 x 10 1/8 in. (187 x 257 mm.)


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    We are grateful to Dr. Annemarie Stefes for confirming the attribution to Berchem based upon a photograph and suggesting a date of circa 1657-59. Dr. Stefes compares the style of the drawing to two others - Woman with a bundle crossing a brook and Woman on horseback next to a woman milking a goat (see A. Stefes, Nicholaes Pietersz. Berchem - Die Zeichnungen, unpublished dissertation, Bern, 1997, II/97 and II/98). She compares the composition with two designs for prints, Shepherdess at a well and Shepherd and shepherdess with cattle on a rocky path (M. Plomp, The Dutch Drawings in the Teyler Museum: artists born between 1575 and 1630, Doornspijk, 1997, II, pp. 68-69, nos. 40 and 41) and suggests that Berchem may at some point have planned to reproduce the composition as a print.
    Dr. Stefes will include the drawing in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist.

    Provenance

    Van Putten (L. 2058).