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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE VIEW OF THE SINGEL WITH THE MUNTTOREN IN AMSTERDAM

    BY JONAS ZEUNER (1727-1814), AMSTERDAM, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE VIEW OF THE SINGEL WITH THE MUNTTOREN IN AMSTERDAM
    BY JONAS ZEUNER (1727-1814), AMSTERDAM, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Within an ebonised later frame
    18.5 in. (47 cm.) high; 23.5 in. (59 cm.) wide, without frame


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    Three further versions of this view of Amsterdam by Zeuner are recorded, one of which was sold at Christie's, London, 19 November 1987, lot 11 (ill. Op.cit., no. 12), while another was sold at Christie's, New York, 17 October 1992, lot 151 (Op.cit., no. 14). However this version is the largest and until now the only recorded work by Zeuner depicting a moonscape.
    A related unsigned engraving which could have been the inspiration for Zeuner is illustrated in J. Wagenaar, Amsterdam in zijne opkomst, aanwas enz. beschreven door Jan Wagenaar, Amsterdam, 1760-1767, dl.V, p. 60, and a further related etching was executed by Willem Writs (1732-1786) in 1772.

    Born in Kassel, Zeuner arrived in Amsterdam around 1750, although his first known work dates from after 1770. He perfected techniques for engraving in gold and silver leaf, and his jewel-like pictures were greatly admired in fashionable Dutch circles. Zeuner's oeuvre consists mainly of the depiction of country houses and town views, largely of Amsterdam, as well as Haarlem, Utrecht and Groningen.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 28 October 1975, lot 120 (illustrated).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH COLLECTOR (LOTS 77 & 78)


    Literature

    J. Sprenkels-ten Horn and A. Sprenkels, Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814), Amsterdam, 1994, no. 15, p. 11.