• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 301

    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE VIEW OF AMSTERDAM

    BY JONAS ZEUNER (1727-1814), LATE 18TH CENTURY, AFTER THE 1760 ENGRAVING BY SIMON FOKKE

    Estimate

    A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE VIEW OF AMSTERDAM
    BY JONAS ZEUNER (1727-1814), LATE 18TH CENTURY, AFTER THE 1760 ENGRAVING BY SIMON FOKKE
    Depicting the Oude Schans Met Montelbaanstoren, signed 'Zeuner.fec.', within a rectangular parcel-gilt moulded frame
    13¼ in. x 16¾ in. (34 cm. x 42.5 cm.), without frame


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    An engraving executed in 1760 by Simon Fokke (1712-1784) after a drawing by Jan de Beijer (1703-1780), is illustrated Ibid., p. 26, no. 48, while a related verre églomisé picture by Zeuner is illustrated Ibid., no. 47.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, Amsterdam, 28 March 1996, lot 244 where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Born in Kassel, Zeuner arrived in Amsterdam around 1750, although his first known work dates from after 1770. He perfected techniques for engraving in gold and silver leaf and his pictures were greatly admired in fashionable Dutch circles. Zeuner's oeuvre consists mainly of town views, largely of Amsterdam, as illustrated by two of the following three lots, as well as views of Haarlem, Utrecht and Groningen. Zeuner also specialised in views of country houses, such as those on the Vecht and the Amstel near Amsterdam, generally based on engravings by his contemporaries Jan de Beijer (1703-1780), Simon Fokke (1712-1784) and Wiebrand Hendriks (1744-1831). Zeuner also produced canal and harbour landscapes and more rarely battle scenes, as depicted in lot 303.


    Literature

    J. Sprenkels-ten Horn and A. Sprenkels, Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814), Amsterdam, 1994, p. 14, no. 20 (illustrated).