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    Sale 2788

    Old Master Pictures

    6 May 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 143

    Abraham Storck (Amsterdam 1644-1708)

    Shipping in stormy waters near a rocky coast

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    Abraham Storck (Amsterdam 1644-1708)
    Shipping in stormy waters near a rocky coast
    signed 'A:Storck' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    47.2 x 63.5 cm.
    with two wax seals and a certificate by Hofstede de Groot, dated 1911, as by a Dutch artist, on the reverse

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    The present lot is an atypical composition by Abraham Storck, that shows the heritage of Bonaventura Peeters the Elder. This might indicate that this is an early work by Storck. In any case, the various ship-types point to a date after 1665. The two ships in the background appear to be English, whereas the man-of-war in the forground is of Dutch making. However, the coat-of-arms on its stern can be identified as that of the English Fleet, since it is identical to the stern of the English flagship 'Royal Charles'. Possibly the Dutch ship had been confiscated by the English during a naval battle.

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    Carl Faber, Stuttgart; Herdtle & Peters, Stuttgart, 28 April 1870, lot 108.
    Jakob Hoff; Rudolf Bangel, Frankfurt, 10 April 1893, lot 71 (Reichsmark 670 to van Collem).