THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE MRS. STARING-DE MOL VAN OTTERLOO, DE WILDENBORCH, VORDEN
The following 18 lots were part of the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Staring-de Mol van Otterloo, gathered together for their mansion 'De Wildenborch'. They reflect the special taste and the historical interests of Mr.A. Staring (1890-1980). Mr. Staring decided in 1919 to abandon his diplomatic career and to devote his life to art history. His main interest was the then neglected Dutch 18th century art. Most of his researches resulted in short articles in Oud Holland. Major research was carried out into the Dutch conversation piece from which resulted De Hollanders Thuis of 1956. His monograph on Jacob de Wit of 1958 is also still regarded as a standard work. The mansion 'De Wildenborch' in Vorden, once the home of the famous poet Staring, an ancestor, was chosen as the ideal place to settle. It was bought in 1931. Although situated in the countryside, at some distance from the museums and libraries in the West of the country, it gave a necessary place of peace in which to build up a large documentation. Mr. Staring's systematically arranged card system was famous for the wealth of information it contained. The house also presented sufficient space to house his collection. A large proportion of his drawings have since 1970 entered Dutch public collections. Of the paintings special mention should be made of 'The interior of the Drawing Academy, Haarlem' by Wybrand Hendriks, of 1799, now in Teylers Museum, Haarlem; 'A sculpted bust' by Cesar van Everdingen, now in the Mauritshuis, The Hague; 'Tulips' by Albert Cuyp in Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht and 'Scene from De ontdekte Schijndeugd' by Cornelis Troost, now in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede.