• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2820

    Old Master and 19th Century Art

    6 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 68

    Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 Indonesia)

    Diogenes searching for an Honest Man

    Price Realised  

    Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 Indonesia)
    Diogenes searching for an Honest Man
    oil on canvas
    106.7 x 89.2 cm.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The theme of Diogenes Searching for an Honest Man was a favorite of
    Victors, who painted three other versions of the subject. An early
    version dated 1654 is most similar; a second version is in the
    Hermitage, St. Petersburg, while the whereabouts of the third version
    are unknown. Dr. Werner Sumowski dates the present painting to Victors' mature period of 1655-76.

    Special Notice

    '' ! '' Lots Imported from outside the EU. The buyer's premium is 48.75% incl. VAT over the first €20,000, plus 42.8% incl. VAT of the hammer price between €20,001 and €800.000, plus 33.28% incl. VAT of any amount in excess of 800.000.


    Provenance

    Miss J. McEwan.
    Karl Frohlich; Christie's, London, 20 November 1940, lot 210, sold to Berendt (£ 7.7.0).
    Morris I. Kaplan, Chicago; Sotheby's, London, 12 June 1968, lot 105.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 24 November 1971, lot 215, where purchased by
    Sir Eric Scowen; Sotheby's, London, 31 October 1979, lot 46.
    Trustees of the Sir A.C.S. Abdy Will Trust; Christie's, London, 2 May 1980, lot 14.
    with K. & V. Waterman, Amsterdam.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 13 January 1987, lot 139.


    Literature

    D. Miller, Jan Victors 1619-1676, PhD diss., University of Delaware, Delaware, 1985, pp. 287 and 412, no. A25.
    A. Blankert, 'Der "Realismus" der holländischen Historienmalerei im 17. Jahrhundert', in Triumph und Tod des Helden, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, 1987, pp. 50-1, fig. 27.
    W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt Schüler, Landau, 1987, IV, pp. 2607-8 and 2669, no. 1770.


    Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Kunsthandel K. & V. Waterman, The Impact of a Genius: Rembrandt, his Pupils and Followers in the Seventeenth Century, 22 April-17 May 1983, no. 63; and Groningen, Groningen Museum, 20 May-30 June 1983.