• Old Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 79

    Frederick de Moucheron (Emden 1633-1686 Amsterdam)

    An extensive landscape with a cavalry skirmish, a ruined castle on a hilltop beyond

    Estimate

    Frederick de Moucheron (Emden 1633-1686 Amsterdam)
    An extensive landscape with a cavalry skirmish, a ruined castle on a hilltop beyond
    signed 'Moucheron. ft:' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    23 x 30 ½ in. (58.4 x 77.5 cm.)


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    Born in Germany to a Huguenot family, Frederick de Moucheron moved at a young age to Amsterdam, where, according to his biographer Arnold Houbraken, he studied with Jan Asselijn. Although he apparently never visited Italy, Moucheron produced works influenced by the second generation of Dutch Italianates such as Asselijn and Jan Both, as well as Philips Wouwerman, whose battle scenes likely served as an inspiration for the present work. Moucheron favored a light palette and muted tonality - seen here in the sun-bleached hills and pale blue sky that evoke the Italian campagna - which lends a bright and decorative appearance to his works, many of which were installed in ornamental schemes (see Dulwich 2002, loc. cit.).

    During the second half of the 20th century, this work belonged to William and Frances Haussner, whose storied Baltimore restaurant, Haussner's, was home to a large collection.

    Provenance

    Eugene Glaenzer, New York.
    Mrs. Henry Walters; Parke-Bernet, New York, 30 April-3 May 1941, lot 1199, where acquired by the following.
    Mr. William and Mrs. Frances Haussner, Baltimore; Sotheby's, New York, 14 October 1999, lot 15 ($98,750).
    with Raphael Valls, London, 2000.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 30 January 2014, lot 258, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of an American Private Collector


    Literature

    G.J. Didusch, Haussner's Restaurant: Catalogue of original paintings, Baltimore, 1963, no. 31.


    Exhibited

    London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Inspired by Italy: Dutch Landscape Painters 1600-1700, 22 May-16 August 2002, no. 55.