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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    Pieter de Grebber (Haarlem c. 1600-1652/4)

    A boy, in profile, singing, in a feigned oval

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    Pieter de Grebber (Haarlem c. 1600-1652/4)
    A boy, in profile, singing, in a feigned oval
    oil on panel
    27½ x 20½ in. (70 x 52.2 cm.)

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    We are grateful to Peter Sutton for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs. Pieter de Grebber started to paint half-length musical subjects in the early 1620s, probably under the influence of Frans Hals and the Utrecht Caravaggisti. Sutton dates the present work to the late 1620s, reckoning it to be slightly later than a comparable depiction of a girl singing, in tondo (Stockholm, Nationalmuseum).

    Abe Gutnajer (1888-1942) was one of Warsaw's leading art dealers and antiquarians before the war, running a family business established in the 19th century. Under the decree of the Nazi occupying forces, he was forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1940 and his abandoned collection was lost or confiscated. This painting was recently rediscovered in a private collection in Latvia and is offered by mutual agreement. This resolution was achieved with the assistance of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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    A. von Kolasinski, Warsaw; (+), Rudolph Lepke'’s Kunst-Auktions-Haus, 5 June 1917 (part II), lot 79, where acquired by
    Abe Gutnajer, Warsaw.
    Looted from the above, circa 1939-1942.
    Private collection, Latvia.
    Restituted to the heir of Abe Gutnajer, 2008.


    M. Walicki, 'Materialy do 'Katalogu malarstwa holenderskiego w Polsce'', Rocznik Historii Sztuki, 1961, pp. 131-54.
    Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego, Wartime Losses: Foreign Paintings - Oil Paintings, Pastels, Watercolours Lost Between 1939 and 1945 within the post-1945 Borders of Poland excluding the Western and Northern Territories, 2000, I, p. 175.