• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 316

    Dirck Hals (Dutch, 1591-1656)

    Elegant company merrymaking in an interior


    Dirck Hals (Dutch, 1591-1656)
    Elegant company merrymaking in an interior
    indistinctinly signed and dated 'DHALS...39' (lower centre right)
    oil on panel
    16 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (41.2 x 56.6 cm.)

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    The present painting was part of the renowned collection of Viktor and Helene Mautner Markhof. Viktor Mautner Markhof (1865-1919) belonged to a great industrialist dynasty founded by his grandfather Adolf Ignaz Mautner, who became leaseholder of the Brewery St. Marx in 1840 and earned great acclaim for the industrial production of compressed yeast in the years that followed. Adolf Mautner was raised to nobility with the title 'Ritter von Markhof' in 1872. His sons Karl Ferdinand (1834-1896) and Georg Heinrich (1840-1904) expanded the company making it the third-largest brewery in Europe. Under Viktor, son of Karl Ferdinand, the brewery was fused with the Dreher-Meichel breweries into Vereinigte Brauereien Schwechat, St. Marx, Simmering AG. The family has continued to prosper and are to this day known as patrons of the arts and benefactors to the public.

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    Viktor and Helene Mautner Markhof, Vienna; Glückselig, Vienna, 22 November 1927, lot 32.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 3 December 1997, lot 16, where acquired by the present owner.