• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 747

    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE PICTURE

    BY JONAS ZEUNER, 1793

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE PICTURE
    BY JONAS ZEUNER, 1793
    Depicting Frederick the Great and attendants commanding the Prussian army in Bohemia, 1756, signed 'Zeuner.fec.' and dated '1793' with a paper label to the reverse describing the scene in Dutch and English, in a gilt frame
    26¼ x 33½ in (67 x 85 cm.)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 747 - 754)

    The following eight lots were executed by Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814). Born in Kassel, Zeuner arrived in Amsterdam around 1750 although his first recorded work dates from after 1770. He perfected techniques for engraving in gold and silver leaf, his jewel-like pictures being greatly admired in fashionable Dutch circles. Zeuner's oeuvre consists mainly of town views, largely of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht and Groningen. However, he also specialised in views of canal and harbour scenes as well as country houses, such as those on the Vecht and the Amstel near Amsterdam, generally based on engravings by the likes of Jan de Beyer (1703-1780), Simon Fokke (1712-1784) and Wiebrand Hendriks (1744-1831). The diversity of Zeuner's oeuvre is beautifully represented in the following group of pictures which, in addition to the artist's more familiar topographical scenes, also comprises a portrait of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).


    Literature

    J. Sprenkels-ten Horn and A. Sprenkels, Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814), Amsterdam, 1994, p. 68, no. 144 (with another version, no. 145).