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Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam 1609-1685 Utrecht)
Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam 1609-1685 Utrecht)

A peasant woman carrying a basket on her head

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Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam 1609-1685 Utrecht)
A peasant woman carrying a basket on her head
signed with monogram
black chalk, watercolour, pen and brown ink framing lines, executed on the back of a playing card (the ten of diamonds)
3¼ x 2 1/8 in. (8.2 x 5.3 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, 13 November 1924, part of lot 415a.
with Kunsthandel Boerner, Düsseldorf, 1948, number unknown.
Private Collection, Estoril.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 4 November 2003, lot 69.
Literature
W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven 1609-1685, Berlin, 1982, no. 1319.
Sale room notice
Please note that the frame contains tortoiseshell and this item should have been marked in the catalogue with the CITES symbol. Please see page 130 of the catalogue for further information. To export this item out of the EU it will be necessary to apply for a licence, which may take up to 6 weeks.

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One of a group of drawings executed by Saftleven on the backs of playing cards. All similar in size and format, these rare drawings may originally have been intended to make up a pack of cards, although now only around twenty are known. Other examples in the series are listed in W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven 1609-1685, Berlin, 1982, nos. 1315-1327.

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