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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 101

    Lambert de Hondt (Flemish, before 1655-after 1678)

    Cavalrymen in a landscape

    Price Realised  

    Lambert de Hondt (Flemish, before 1655-after 1678)
    Cavalrymen in a landscape
    with Schulenburg inventory number '229' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    28½ x 37½ in (72.4 x 95.2 cm.)


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    The traditional title given in the printed Schulenburg inventory ('Tableau, qui représ. la marche Espagnole, avec pays') suggests that the scene depicted is a halt during a march in a Spanish campaign, with a body of troops resting while the officers prepare for the next leg. The central figure, mounted on a grey charger, is the commanding officer, holding his baton of rank, while the figure approaching him with doffed hat is a messenger or a scout delivering a report.

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    Provenance

    (Possibly) Giambattista Pittoni (1687-1767), from whom purchased by
    Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747), by whom bequeathed to his nephew,
    Christian Günther von der Schulenburg, Berlin, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOT 95-102)


    Literature

    (Possibly) Giambattista Pittoni, in an undated fede in the Schulenburg archives: 'Atesto Io Gio: Batta Pittoni con mi giuramento d'aver veduto un quadro d'uno de [...] maestri fiamengi, originale intato e vegine degno di qual si sia Galeria e questo rapresenta Molte figure con cavali et altri soldati che giocha', Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37.
    Specificazione de Quadri spediti in Germania, Prima Spedizione12 7bre 1736, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, MS, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37, as the 'Quadro Molte Figure in Un Bosco' by 'Pauolo Fiamengo' purchased for 12 ducats and subsequently valued at 100 ducats.
    Inventaire de la Gallerie de Feu S. e. Mgr. Le Feldmarechal Comte de Schulenburg, annotated copy, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 95. No. 229, as the 'Tableau, qui représ. la marche Espagnole, avec pays' by 'Fiamengo'.
    A. Binion, La Galleria scomparsa del maresciallo von der Schulenburg, Milan, 1990, pp. 181, 264 and 280.