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    Sale 7743

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Evening Sale

    7 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 7

    Studio of Sebastiaen Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)

    The Four Seasons

    Price Realised  


    Studio of Sebastiaen Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)
    The Four Seasons
    oil on panel, the reverses branded with the coat-of-arms of the city of Antwerp and the panel-maker's mark of a clover leaf
    20 5/8 x 32 in. (52.4 x 81.3 cm.)
    a set of four (4)

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    with Galerie Robert Finck, Brussels, 1958, when acquired by the family of the present owner.

    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Harriet Hunter Smart of Katherine Ara Ltd. for drawing our attention to an article by J. van Damme, which identifies the clover leaf on the reverse of these panels as the mark of the Antwerp panel-maker Michiel Claessens (active c. 1590-1637). His mark also appears on the reverse of the Church Interior by Vrancx in the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels (inv. no. 4487). See J. van Damme, 'De Antwerpse tafereelmakers en hun merken: Identificatie en betekenis', Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen Jaarboek, 1990, pp. 200-5.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Dordrecht, Dordrecht Museum, Nederlands Landschappen uit de zeventiende eeuw, 6 July-2 September 1963, no. 133.
    Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, De landman en de muze, 14 June-29 August 1965.
    Amsterdam, Kunsthandel P. de Boer NV, Jubiliemstentoonstelling 'Nederland water/land', 1972, nos. 54 and 69.