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    Sale 2788

    Old Master Pictures

    6 May 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 77

    School of Amsterdam, circa 1660

    'Vanitas': A putto playing with soap bubbles seated on a draped ledge with a skull, a lute, arms and a globe

    Price Realised  

    School of Amsterdam, circa 1660
    'Vanitas': A putto playing with soap bubbles seated on a draped ledge with a skull, a lute, arms and a globe
    with monogram and dated 'VC 1642' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    143.8 x 114.1 cm.


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    Provenance

    with J. Mellaart, Amsterdam, 1940.
    Anonymous sale; Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 13 May 1941, lot 14, as Jacob van Campen.
    G. de Groot, Amsterdam, 1948.
    Private collection, Amsterdam, 1957, as Jacob van Campen.
    Anonymous sale; Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 2 April 1973, lot 19, as Jacob van Campen.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of J.E. de Visser, Hoorn (lot 77)


    Literature

    J.G. van Gelder, 'De schilders van de Oranjezaal' in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, I, 1948-9, p. 138, fig. 16; and p. 141, note 1, as Jacob van Campen.
    P.T.A. Swillens, Jacob van Campen: Schilder en bouwmeester. 1595-1657, Assen, 1961, pp. 117, 261, no. 2, as Jacob van Campen.
    R. Keyselitz, 'Die beiden Seifenblaser des Esaias Bourse im Aachener Suermondt-Museum - eine Allegorie der Vanitas' in Aachener Kunstblätter, 1957, pp. 19-26, fig. 22, as Jacob van Campen.
    Q. Buvelot, Jacob van Campen (1595-1657): Den wonderlijcken en dapperen schilder, Utrecht, 1994 (typescript), pp. 142-3, no.29, illustrated, as not by Van Campen.