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    Sale 2812

    A Romantic Affair: Paintings from an important private Dutch Collection

    18 November 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 385

    Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek (Dutch, 1778-1851)

    Gesigt op Amsterdam: sailing-freights on the IJ, with the Westertoren in the distance, Amsterdam

    Price Realised  

    Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek (Dutch, 1778-1851)
    Gesigt op Amsterdam: sailing-freights on the IJ, with the Westertoren in the distance, Amsterdam
    signed 'JH Koekkoek' (lower right); and signed again, inscribed with title and dated 'Gesigt op Amsterdam/geschildert Ao 1819/J.H. Koekkoek/tot/Harlingen' (on the reverse)
    oil on panel
    75.5 x 106 cm.


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    The present lot depicts the IJ in Amsterdam with the Westertoren beyond. J.H.. Koekkoek has excelled in capturing the stormy waters with highly realistic transparent water and exact detailing in the vessels such as the large 'hektjalk'. The artist found many buyers for his works in Amsterdam where he had started exhibiting in 1810. In 1826, seven years after the present lot was painted, he moved to Durgerdam, a small village on the edge of the IJ near Amsterdam. Aside from the skilled execution, the subject of this painting adds to its desirability. A view of the IJ of this monumental size and condition has not been seen in salerooms for many years.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Bearnes & Waycotts, Torquay, 6 March 1973, lot 562.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 14 November 1973, lot 193, where acquired by the present owner.