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Please note that the literature by W.C. Feltkamp and R.W.D. Oxenaar mentioned in the bibliography actually refers to the oil painting of the same subject and not to the present lot.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF HUGO TUTEIN NOLTHENIUS (1863-1944) (Lots 9-33)
Christie´s is pleased to offer part of the important collection of Hugo Tutein Nolthenius.
Tutein Nolthenius was a chemist by training who went into industry and from 1898 to 1920 was the director of the Calvé fine oil factory (NOF) in Delft. He was a man of many talents, who enjoyed driving cars, skating, and had a passion for art. He himself was an amateur photographer, ceramist and glass-painter, but he was also a patron of the arts and one of the early 20th century´s great Dutch collectors.
Hugo Tutein Nolthenius grew up in a household which appreciated art, as it had been one of the interests of his banker father. In the early 1880´s Hugo attended the Polytecnic School in Delft, and it is likely that he attended the classes given by the professor of decorative arts Adolf le Comte, who was an innovator in the field of ceramics. Later Hugo had his own kiln and experimented with his nephew Harm Kamerlingh Onnes and with Bart van der Leck to produce ceramics.
His interest in art even spilt over into his professional life, and in 1894 Tutein Nolthenius commissioned an advertising poster from Jan Toorop, which advertised ´Delftsche Slaolie´ for the NOF Company. This lithograph is the best known examples of Dutch Art Nouveau(Fig. 1). For his own home in Delft Hugo Tutein Nolthenius commissioned stained glass windows from Johan Thorn Prikker, as well as portraits of himself and his sister and brother. In addition to the works he commissioned, Tutein Nolthenius also collected both Chinese works of art, and work by sculptors as John Rädecker, Jan Altorf, Lambertus Zijl and Joseph Mendes da Costa, paintings by Floris Verster, Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, Bart van der Leck, Jacob Maris, Isaac Israëls, Chris Beekman and Vincent van Gogh. Tutein Nolthenus owned twelve paintings by Van Gogh,´The Potato eaters' was among them (now in the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo).
Hugo Tutein Nolthenius was adviced by Hendricus Petrus Bremmer (1871-1956), the artist, collector, author, teacher, and the most important Dutch art advisor and art critic of the first half of the 20th century. Tutein Noltenius´ sister Julie followed Bremmer´s art classes and so Bremmer and Tutein Nolthenius made their acquaintance. At a certain point the collection of Tutein Nolthenius was considered to be so important that Bremmer organised lectures based upon the collection in 1924-25.
Another known pupil of H.P. Bremmer was zealous collector Helene Kröller-Müller, who bought her first three paintings by Vincent van Gogh under Bremmer´s guidance in 1909. Their alliance resulted in one of the largest private Dutch collections of modern art, which now forms the core of the Kroller-Muller museum in Otterlo.
Bremmer encouraged and supported many young modern artists during his life. Both Bart van der Leck and Piet Mondriaan were supported financially and Bremmer would advice his wealthy clientele to purchase work by artists as Charley Toorop, John Rädecker, Lambertus Zijl, Gino Severini and Odilon Redon. Other artists were advised by Bremmer on how and what to paint. Bremmer was extremely influential, which is reflected in many Dutch public and private collections, such as the collection presented in this sale.
Hugo Tutein Nolthenius was generous with his collection and allowed objects from it to go on public exhibition on a number of occasions. In 2008 part of the collection was exhibited in Delft at the Prinsenhof in order to celebrate both the collector and his remarkable collection.