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    Sale 2782

    LIECHTENSTEIN: Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.

    1 April 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 144

    Bartholomeus Appelman (The Hague c. 1628-1686/7)

    An Italianate river landscape with travellers on a track

    Price Realised  

    Bartholomeus Appelman (The Hague c. 1628-1686/7)
    An Italianate river landscape with travellers on a track
    signed and dated 'BApelman f: 1671' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    117 x 154 cm.


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    This composition is one of only two known signed and dated pictures by Bartholomeus Appelman, the other being the Hilly landscape with a ruin near a lake in the Landesmuseum, Mainz that is dated 1673. The artist's biographer Arnold Houbraken considered him to be 'een braaf schilder van lantschappen en Roomsche gezichten' (a brave painter of landscapes and views of Rome) and Houbraken also mentions that one of his pictures could be seen in the princely palace Soestdijk. Like many of the so-called Dutch Italianate painters, Appelman went to Rome and is documented there as 'Bartolomeo Aplome' in 1657. The present composition was painted after his return to Holland, probably in Amsterdam where he is documented in 1671.

    The present picture was bought by the Prince of Liechtenstein as early as 1677 from the Austrian court painter Johann Spillenberger. Many painters are known to have traded in pictures.

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    “!” Lots imported from outside the EU. The Buyer’s Premium is 37.05% incl. VAT over the first €5,000, plus 31.1% incl. VAT of the Hammer Price between €5,001 and €400,000, plus 21.58% incl. VAT of any amount in excess of €400,001.


    Provenance

    Johann Spillenberger, from whom acquired by Prince Karl Eusebius of Liechtenstein, 1677.
    Schloss Feldsberg, Valtice, 1885.
    Schloss Moosham, Salzburg, 1944.
    Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 1945.


    Literature

    J. Falke, Katalog der fürstlich Liechtensteinischen Bilder-Galerie im Gartenpalais der Rossau zu Wien, Vienna, 1873, p. 105, no. 915.
    J. Falke, Katalog der fürstlich Liechtensteinischen Bilder-Galerie im Gartenpalais der Rossau zu Wien, Vienna, 1885, p. 42, no. 295.
    E.W. Moes, 'Barend Appelman', in: U. Thieme and F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, 1908, II, pp. 37-8.
    V. Fleischer, Fürst Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein als Bauherr und Kunstsammler (1611-1684), Vienna, 1910, p. 56.
    C. Stukenbrock, Niederländische Gemälde des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts, Landesmuseum Mainz, Mainz, 1997, p. 22.