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    Sale 2802

    Old Master Pictures

    10 November 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 84

    Abraham de Verwer (Haarlem 1585-1650 Amsterdam)

    A shipyard with figures building and restoring sailing vessels

    Price Realised  


    Abraham de Verwer (Haarlem 1585-1650 Amsterdam)
    A shipyard with figures building and restoring sailing vessels
    signed and dated 'VERWER 1631 . 5 18' (lower left)
    oil on panel
    34.6 x 42.8 cm.

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    The present shipyard has traditionally been identified as located in Middelburg. Middelburg was, apart from Amsterdam, the second important harbour town in the first half of the 17th century, the economic peak of the trade and fishing industry in the United Provinces. Many trade ships from England and France moored here, and the West Indian Company and the VOC (the 'Admiraliteit') had their own yards at the Dokhaven. The flag in the foreground with its eagle coat-of-arms with yellow tower, in fact, closely resembles that of Middelburg's own VOC yard.

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    A.W.M. Mensing, Amsterdam; F. Muller, Amsterdam, 17 November 1936, lot 26.
    with M. Wolff, Amsterdam, before 1938.
    C. van der Feer Ladèr, Baarn, by 1938; F. Muller, Amsterdam, 16 October 1952, lot 590 (Dfl. 4,600).
    A. Vester-de Moor, Dordrecht, 1952, and by descent to the present owners.


    W. Mautner, 'Tableaux anciens comme placement', in De Zakenwereld, Amsterdam, April 1939.
    K.K. Eberlein, 'Kunstfrühjahr und -sommer in Holland', in Weltkunst, no. 28/29, 17 July 1938, pp. 4-5.
    L.J. Bol, Holländische Marine Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts, Braunschweig, 1973, p. 88, fig. 86.


    Rotterdam, Museum Boymans, Het Nederlandsche zee- en riviergezicht in de 17de eeuw, December 1945-February 1946, p. 32, no. 65, as the yard in Middelburg
    Baarn, Baarns Kunstbezit, 31 July-28 August 1948, p. 33, no. 74.
    Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Zee- Rivier- en Oevergezichten, 12 July-14 September 1964, p. 33, no. 93, plate 72, as the yard in Middelburg.