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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 21

    Mattheus van Helmont (Antwerp 1623-c. 1674 Brussels)

    A young fiddler making music accompanied by two peasants singing in an interior

    Price Realised  

    Mattheus van Helmont (Antwerp 1623-c. 1674 Brussels)
    A young fiddler making music accompanied by two peasants singing in an interior
    signed 'M.V Hellemont F' (lower left)
    oil on panel
    15 x 12 1/8 in. (38.1 x 30.8 cm.)


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    Mattheus van Helmont was the son of a master in the Antwerp guild of St. Luke, and in c.1645/46, he too became a master in the guild. A genre painter, van Helmont was stylistically influenced by Adriaen Brouwer, David Ryckaert III, and David Teniers II. He specialised in painting interior scenes with peasants, and craftsmen at their work, and sometimes contributed staffage to the landscapes of Jacques d'Arthois. In 1674 he was recorded in the local guild of painters in Brussels.

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    Provenance

    with Spink, London, by 1946, until
    Christie's, London, 27 May 1949, lot 87 (one of a pair), as 'M. van Helmont', The Concert; and Reading the Letter (10 gns. to Dent).