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Jan Steen

(Leiden 1626 -  Leiden 1679 )
STEEN jan The Doctor's Visit

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Jul 5, 2017
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Variants on Artist's name :

Steen Jan Havicksz.

 

Artworks in Arcadja
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Jan Steen -  Quarrelling Backgammon Players In An Interior

Jan Steen - Quarrelling Backgammon Players In An Interior

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Lot number: 58
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Jan Steen (Leiden 1625/26–1679) Quarrelling backgammon players in an interior, signed lower middle: JSteen (JS in ligature), oil on panel, 41.5 x 53 cm, framed Provenance: Collection of the Counts Potocki, Lancut/Geneva (an old inventory number 198 still visible in the lower right corner); thence by descent, Collection Count Alfred Potocki (1886–1958); sale, Fischer, Lucerne, June 1951 Literature: K. Braun, Alle tot nu toe bekende schilderijen van Jan Steen, Rotterdam 1980, p. 134, no. 323 (mistaken for a copy after the Quarrelling Card Players in the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation, Leipzig); K. Hommel (ed.), Maximilian Speck von Sternburg, Ein Europäer der Goethezeit als Kunstsammler, Leipzig 1998, p. 329, note 8 (repeating K. Braun) The present painting has been recently accepted by Guido Janssen to be the prime version of a similar composition by Jan Steen in the Museum für Bildende Künste, Leipzig. This signed version has different figures, a varied setting and with backgammon players instead of card players having a brawl at an inn. Infrared photography shows how Steen initially placed the backgammon board higher up on the floor. There are also pentimenti – changes in the composition made by the artist himself – above the cap of the man holding the stabber: this cap was originally much higher. The left foot of the man with the knife also initially had a different position. Another important feature is how the hat of the man on the right was at first rested against the wooden stairs. The artist had to fill in the background colour after painting the hat. Due to age, the fast and thinly applied layer of paint has become transparent. We now see a \‘halo\’ around the hat, completely in accordance with Steen\’s painting technique (see M. Bijl, The Artist\’s Working Method, in: G. M. C. Jansen (ed.), Jan Steen: Painter and Storyteller, Amsterdam 1996, pp. 83–91). In an old black and white photograph conserved at the RKD, The Hague, one sees that this \‘halo\’ was painted over with a thick, dark paint by a restorer who was apparently not aware of its function. A recent restoration brought these features back to light. Specialist: Damian Brenninkmeyer
Jan Steen - The Doctor's Visit

Jan Steen - The Doctor's Visit

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Lot number: 14
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Jan Havicksz. Steen THE DOCTOR'S VISIT LEIDEN 1626 - 1679 signed lower left: JSteen (JS in ligature) oil on oak panel 49 x 37 cm.; 19 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. Seger Tierens (1657–1743), The Hague; His posthumous sale, The Hague, 23 July 1743, lot 179, for 280 florins; Johan van der Marck Aegidsz. (1707–72), Burgomaster of Leiden; His posthumous sale, Amsterdam, de Winter Yver, 25 August 1773 lot 304, for 526 florins to Vlaardinge; Diederik van Leyden (1744–1810), Amsterdam; His sale, Paris, Paillet, 15 November 1804, lot 82, for 1,980 francs, to Paillet; Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785–1849), Paris; Madame Rouchon, Paris, 1816, bought or sold for 2916 francs (see Hofstede de Groot, Literature); M. Héris, Brussels; His sale, Paris, Paillet, 25–26 March 1841, lot 30; Charles Piérard, Valenciennes; His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20–21 March 1860, lot 77, for 5,890 francs to Van Loo; Christophe van Loo, Ghent; His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 25 May 1881, lot 30, for 7,000 francs; With Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris (bears their seal on the reverse of the panel); Alfred Beit (1853–1906), London, by 1900; By inheritance to his younger brother Sir Otto Beit (1865–1930), by 1909; By inheritance to Sir Alfred Beit (1903–1994), London, Cape Town, and after 1952 Russborough House, County Wicklow, Ireland, until 1959; Sidney van den Bergh (b. 1929), Wassenaar, until 1966; With Dr Otto Wertheimer, Paris, 1966; Private collection, Switzerland; With Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, by 2007; From whom acquired by the present owner. London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of pictures by Dutch masters of the seventeenth century, 1900, no. 53; London, The Dowdeswell Galleries, Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Jan Steen, May – June 1909, no. 20; On loan, Cape Town, National Gallery, 1952; Leiden, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, 17de eeuwse meesters uit Nederlands particulier bezit, 5–30 August 1965, no. 42. J. Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné..., vol. IV, London 1833, pp. 24–25, cat. no. 77; J. Smith, Supplement..., vol. IX, London 1842, p. 478, cat. no. 12; T. van Westrheene, Jan Steen, Etude sur l \\\\‘Art en Hollande, The Hague 1856, cat. no. 246; W. Bode, Catalogue of the Alfred Beit Collection in London, London 1904, p. 59; C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné..., vol. l, London 1908, pp. 48–49, cat. no. 134; D. Bax, Hollandse en Vlaamse Schilderkunst in Zuid-Afrika, Amsterdam and Cape Town 1952, p. 58, reproduced fig. 24; K. Braun, Alle tot nu toe bekende schilderijen van Jan Steen, Rotterdam 1980, p. 118, cat. no. 232, reproduced p. 119.
Jan Steen - A Tavern Interior With People Drinking And Music-making

Jan Steen - A Tavern Interior With People Drinking And Music-making

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Lot number: 138
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Jan Steen LEIDEN 1626 - 1679
A TAVERN INTERIOR WITH PEOPLE DRINKING AND MUSIC-MAKING
signed lower left on the bench: JSteen (JS in ligature)
oil on oak panel, the reverse with the black wax collector's seal of the Sykes family of Basildon Park
39.8 x 48.8 cm.; 15 5/8  x 19 1/4  in.
Jan Steen - The King Drinks: The Festival Of The Bean King At Twelfth Night

Jan Steen - The King Drinks: The Festival Of The Bean King At Twelfth Night

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Lot number: 43
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Jan Steen (Leiden 1626-1679)

The King drinks: the festival of the Bean King at Twelfth Night

signed 'JSteen' (JS linked, lower right)

oil on panel

60 x 47.5 cm.

with a red wax seal 'L L / S & S' on the reverse

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Provenance

In the family of the present owner for at least three generations.

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Property from a Danish private collection (lot 43)
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Jan Steen - A Tavern Interior

Jan Steen - A Tavern Interior

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Lot number: 87
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Jan Havicksz. Steen
(Leiden 1626–1679)

A tavern interior

signed at the center of the upper area: JSteen (ligated)

oil on panel, 38.8 x 55.2 cm, framed
Provenance:

Sanitätsrat Dr. Ernst Hölscher (1837–1915) collection, Mühlheim am Rhein;

Dr. Johannes Hölscher-Stumpf (1862–1936) collection, Berlin;

his sale, Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, 7th May 1918, lot 30;

with Galerie Dr. Schäffer, Berlin (1929);

with Galerie Dr. Benedict & Co., Berlin (1930);

with Galerie Internationale, The Hague (1930);

Private collection, Netherlands

Literature:

C. Hofstede de Groot, vol. I, 1907, no. 821D (see Hofstede de Groot\’\’ \’\’s annotated copy at the RKD, The Hague);

M. G. Zimmermann, Niederländische Bilder des 17. Jahrhunderts in der Sammlung Hölscher-Stumpf, Kunstwissenschaftliche Studien, part 2, Leipzig, 1908, plate VIII;

K. Braun, Alle tot nue toe bekende Schilderijen van Jan Stehen, Rotterdam, 1980, no. B-243

Exhibited:

Galerie Dr. Schäffer, Berlin, Die Meister des holländischen Interieurs, April – May 1929, no. 88;

Kunstmuseum Basel, Meisterwerke holländischer Malerei des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, 1945, no. 94

We are grateful to Wouter Kloek and Fred Meijer, who have independently confirmed the attribution of the present painting. Meijer assigns it to the years between 1650 and 1653; Kloek dates it to a slightly later period of between 1653 and 1655. He associates it with Steen\’\’\’\’s more mature works rather than with the artist\’\’\’\’s paintings from the early 1650s. Kloek argues that our composition\’\’\’\’s still-life-like elements are not yet present in Steen\’\’\’\’s earlier works. The present painting is an example of the beginning of the development of a motif Steen would later also use for other paintings (compare the paintings in the National Gallery, London, inv. no. NG5637, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. no. SK-A-3347).
Specialist: Alexander Strasoldo
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