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Jan Steen

(Leiden 1626 -  Leiden 1679 )
STEEN jan Feasting Peasants Outside A Tavern

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May 30, 2018
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Variants on Artist's name :

Steen Jan Havicksz.

 

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Jan Steen - Feasting Peasants Outside A Tavern

Jan Steen - Feasting Peasants Outside A Tavern

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Lot number: 189
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Feasting peasants outside a tavern, signed 'JSteen' (lower right) oil on panel, 40x47 cm Exhibited: -Providence (Rhode Island), Museum of Art/Rhode Island School of Design, \‘Dutch painting in the seventeenth century\’, 1938-1939, no. 50. -Oberlin (Ohio), Allen Memorial Art Museum, 'A loan exhibition of Dutch and Flemish paintings: the collection of the late Adolf Mayer', January-February 1948. Literature: -John Smith, supplement of 'A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish and French painters', London 1842, Vol. IX, no. 35. -Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, 'Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts\’, Esslingen 1907, Vol. I, no. 623, as: \‘Lustige Gesellschaft im Freien\’. -Frederic Fairchild Sherman, 'Concerning some Jan Steen pictures in America' in Art in America and elsewhere an illustrated bi-monthly magazine, Vol. XIII, no. III, April 1925, ill. no. 1, as: 'The Joyeux Company in the Open'. -Wolfgang Stechow, 'Dutch painting in the seventeenth century\’, Providence (Rhode Island) 1938, ill. no. 50, as: \‘Peasants at a Tavern\’. Provenance: -With John Smith and Sons, London, by 1842. -Collection Mr. O'Rial, Paris. -With Kleinberger, Paris. -Auction, Ferdinand Hermann (American Art Ass.), New York, 15 January 1918, lot 62. -Collection Mr. A. de Ridder, Cronberg (near Frankfurt), by 1924. -Auction, Paris, 5 June 1924 (according to an annotation of Hofstede de Groot). -Collection Mr. Adolf Mayer, The Hague/New York, 1936. -Private collection, The Netherlands. Jan Steen (Leiden 1625/26 -1679) was a good observer with a keen eye for human behaviour, which he painted by introducing layers of meanings into his work. Typical of his bourgeois scenes were a little chaos, playfulness and a dash of naughtiness, later characterised as 'the household of Jan Steen'. In this painting everyone seems to be having fun in his or her own way. Jan Steen is a master storyteller and shows us the atmosphere at the start of a party. A man plays a flute while standing on a box, as often seen in Steen\’s paintings. A farmer takes his timid-looking wife to the dance floor and a man in blue on the right beholds the spectacle quietly, while smoking his pipe. Steen expressed the emotions of the characters masterfully: the woman sitting in the centre looks at a man expectantly as he takes her hand and, with his other hand on his heart, asks her to dance. His face reveals that he is in the mood for a party. The child in yellow points to the little boy with whom she apparently has just been arguing. The composition with the angled couch and table is arranged in such a way that your eye is guided diagonally across the painting. This effect is enhanced by the white caps of the women, which leads the spectator\’s gaze from left to right. The colouration in shades of brown - reinforced with blue, red and white pigments - is typical for the peasant genre in the 17th century. The scene is placed in a rural environment where the reflections of light on the leaves give the spectator a cheerful summer feeling. Jan Steen (1626-1679)
Jan Steen -  Quarrelling Backgammon Players In An Interior

Jan Steen - Quarrelling Backgammon Players In An Interior

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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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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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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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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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