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    Sale 7714

    Old Master & British Pictures

    24 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    Isaac van Ostade (Haarlem 1621-after 1649)

    A beach scene with fisherfolk and a horse and cart, a church beyond

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    Isaac van Ostade (Haarlem 1621-after 1649)
    A beach scene with fisherfolk and a horse and cart, a church beyond
    signed 'I.V Ostade' (lower left)
    oil on panel
    13½ x 23¼ in. (34.3 x 59 cm.)


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    Beach scenes are rare within Isaac van Ostade's oeuvre. Hofstede de Groot records just a dozen (of which a few are probably duplicated), and only three with signatures (C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisone etc., London, 1910, I, pp. 472-3, no. 118-121d). Dr Bernhard Schnackenburg regards this unpublished example as an 'important contribution' to the genre and dates it to the middle of the artist's career, circa 1644. It corresponds closely in character with the artist's only known dated beach scene and probably his best known work of this kind, the picture of 1649 (sold, Christie's, Amsterdam, 7 May 1996, lot 138), whose handling is nevertheless rather looser and the composition more crowded. In stylistic terms, the present work is probably closer to a beach scene in a private collection, England (Hofstede de Groot, no. 118), which must rank as the artist's masterpiece within this genre.

    We are grateful to Dr. Bernhard Schnackenburg for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs.

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    Provenance

    with Gallery Burg Berger, London, 1935, when presumably acquired by Anton Philips, and by descent until December 2007.


    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Michael Naxton for suggesting that the view is Scheveling Sands.