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    Sale 2820

    Old Master and 19th Century Art

    6 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 75

    Harmen Loeding (Leiden ca. 1637-after 1673)

    A silver mounted 'Kendi', a peeled lemon, a roll of bread, black and white grapes, a silver dish with a cut herring and a glass of white wine with cherries, all on a partially draped marble table

    Price Realised  

    Harmen Loeding (Leiden ca. 1637-after 1673)
    A silver mounted 'Kendi', a peeled lemon, a roll of bread, black and white grapes, a silver dish with a cut herring and a glass of white wine with cherries, all on a partially draped marble table
    a collector's wax seal on the reverse
    oil on panel
    62.8 x 46.6 cm.


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    One of the most versatile genres that emerged from Dutch 17th century artistic specialisms, is that of the so-called 'pronkstilleven'; a laden table with a variety of rich textures, like ornate glassware, gilded goblets, exquisite nautilus cups, silver dishes, exclusive Chinese porcelains and costly fruits and other delicacies. Harmen Loeding was one of the virtuose painters of these ensembles, who followed the famous 'pronk' still lifes of Jan Davidsz. de Heem. In this 'tour de force' the luxerious objects are centered around a typical Dutch 'Pekelharingh', possibly referring to the 'Leiden's Onzet', a yearly feast celebrating the liberation of the city from the Spanish occupiers by the 'watergeuzen' on 3 October 1574.

    We are grateful to Mr. Fred Meijer of the RKD, The Hague, for confirming the attribution to Loeding after inspection of the original (verbal communication, 3 February 2009).

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