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    Sale 2810

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    7 May 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 44

    A DUTCH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE MYTHOLOGICAL PLAQUE

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A DUTCH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE MYTHOLOGICAL PLAQUE
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Depicting Apollo and Artemis seated on a rocky outcrop with Niobe, an arcade to the right with a multitude regarding the statue of Niobe, various inventory marks and labels to the reverse; in ink: NK.361 and 1462, circular label STICHTING NEDERLANDSCH KUNSTBEZIT CATEG. CER INV. NR. 115 DUSS 14.8.48 FOTO. (restored)
    66.5 cm. high x 66.2 cm. wide


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    The tale of Niobe is typical of Greek mythology. Niobe who had fourteen children (the Niobids), seven male and seven female. Boasted of her superiority to Leto the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis. To disprove this, Apollo killed the male offspring whilst Artemis killed Niobe's daughters. Devastated Niobe fled to Mount Sipylus (Spil Mount) of Lydia in Anatolia and was turned into a stone waterfall as she wept unceasingly.

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    Provenance

    With Kunsthandel Mozes Mogrobi, until 1942, when Mogrobi was forced to sell this item to Kunsstsammlungen der Stadt Düsseldorf.
    Recuperation to the Nederlands Kunstbezit-collectie (NK-collectie) after the Second World War.
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NK-collection), inventory number NK 361.
    Through restitution to the present owner, 2007. (restitution advice RC 1.37, Adviescommissie restitutieverzoeken cultuurgoederen en Tweede Wereldoorlog)