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    Sale 5232

    Old Master & British Pictures

    31 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    Ernst Stuven (Hamburg 1660-1712 Rotterdam)

    A pomegranate, apricots, grapes and peaches in a wicker basket on a partly-draped stone ledge

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    Ernst Stuven (Hamburg 1660-1712 Rotterdam)
    A pomegranate, apricots, grapes and peaches in a wicker basket on a partly-draped stone ledge
    signed 'E. Stuvens' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    19 1/4 x 16 1/8 in. (48.9 x 41 cm.)


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    Ernst Stuven was a successful Amsterdam painter of still-lives and flower pieces, whose studio included pupils such as Herman van der Mijn (see lot 28). His accomplished paintings give little indication of the artist's rather louche life. His contemporary, the artist Arnold Houbraken (1660-1790), recounts in his memoir De Grote Schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen, how Stuven was a reprobate drinker, and mentions as an example of his depraved character how he treated another of his pupils, Willem Grasdorp, who came from Zwolle. According to Houbraken he was frequently assaulted by the artist in drunken rages and when Stuven threatened to kill Grasdorp, it was only after his unlucky apprentice escaped that the police broke into the artist's house and succeeded in arresting the painter. Stuven was then jailed for some years.

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