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    Sale 2795

    Old Master Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

    14 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 17

    Follower of Aelbert Cuyp

    A moonlit landscape with fishermen in a boat and another sailing vessel nearby

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    Follower of Aelbert Cuyp
    A moonlit landscape with fishermen in a boat and another sailing vessel nearby
    oil on canvas
    81 x 109 cm.

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    This picture was owned by one of the most important collectors of the mid 19th century, Anatole Demidoff Ist Prince of San Donato (1813-1870). Born in St. Peterburg, Anatole was one of the most flamboyant members of the Demidoff dynasty. A man of wide-ranging interests and hugly energetic. He was a businessman, an industrialist, an explorer and a highly cultivated art collector. He was well travelled and had houses in Paris and Florence, where he entertained on a lavish scale. He knew many painters and commissioned works from Paul Delaroche (The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, in the National Gallery, London) and Eugène Delacroix (Scenes from the Life of Christopher Colombus), among others. He had a tempestous marriage with Princess Mathilde Bonapart from 1840-6, and he even acquired Napoleons former house on the Isle of Elba, which he turned into a museum in 1859.

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    Anonymous sale; Hobbs, London, 23 February 1764, lot 66 (£2 3s).
    Posibly Anonymous sale; Paris, 4 April 1837.
    Lord Sudeley.
    Anatole N. Demidoff the Ist, Prince of San Donato (1813-70), St Petersburg, (+); Paris, 15 March 1880, lot 1136.
    with W.E. Duits, London.
    with Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, 1923.
    Looted by the Nazi authorities, July 1940.
    Recovered by the Allies, 1945.
    in the custody of the Dutch Government.
    Restituted in February 2006 to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that there is a signature 'A cuyp' (lower left)


    C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes u. kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII Jahrhunderts, no. 728.
    W. Stechow, Dutch landscape painting of the 17th Century, London, 1966, p. 181, as Aelbert Cuyp.
    C. Wright, Paintings in Dutch Museums. An Index of Oil Paintings in Public Collections in The Netherlands by Artists born before 1870, London, 1980, p. 90, as attributed to Aelbert Cuyp.
    Old Master Paintings: An illustrated summary catalogue, Rijkdsdienst Beeldende Kunst (The Netherlandish Office for the Fine Arts), The Hague, 1992, p. 76, no. 520, illustrated, as Aelbert Cuyp? .
    A.D. Chong, Aelbert Cuyp and the meaning of landscape, Ann Arbor, 1994, p. 476, no. C 82, under rejected works.


    The Hague, Schilderkundig Genootschap Pulchri Studio, Catalogue de la Collection Goudstikker d'Amsterdam, 3 November-2 December 1923, no. 26, illustrated, as Aelbert Cuyp. The Hague, Kunsthandel Dorus Hermsen, Tentoonstelling het Hollandsche waterlandschap en zeegezicht in de zeventiende eeuw, 1932, p. 17, no. 53, as Aelbert Cuyp.