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    Sale 3063

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art - (including Dutch Impressionism)

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 97

    Cornelis Bega (Haarlem 1631/32-1664)

    A merry company making music outside an inn

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    Estimate

    Cornelis Bega (Haarlem 1631/32-1664)
    A merry company making music outside an inn
    signed 'c. bega' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    49.1 x 54.5 cm.


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    We are grateful to Peter van den Brink of the Suermondt Museum, Aachen, for dating this lot to 1654-55. It is close in style to Bega's A Merry company making music outside an inn in the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, and another Merry company in the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, which both can be dated circa 1655 (see: P. van den Brinck, B.W. Lindemann, Cornelis Bega, Eleganz und raue Sitten, Aachen, 2012, pp.111-3, no. 11).

    Provenance

    Probably purchased for Islington House near Dorchester, by 1950-60 (according to information provided by the current owner).
    Anonymous sale; Duke's, Dorchester, 12 April 2012, lot 81, as Circle of Cornelis Bega and with incorrect measurements.