Frans Hals is at the head of “Old masters” again

F. Hals. the Group of Eight Persons Standing and Sitting at the Table. On the right – the Standing Young Man with a Glass of Wine. Oil on canvas. Old Masters and 19-th century paintings. Hessink’s auctions. Nijmegen, September 27

On September, 27 the Dutch Hessink’s auction house will open a new season with sales named Old Masters and 19-th century paintings which will take place in Nijmegen. The Old masters are always popular among the collectors (for example, ₤ 51 488 650 totaled on July, 9 at Sotheby’s). It gives all the grounds to expect the good results from Hessink’s. Especially, with the real masterpiece – Frans Hals’s picture the Group of Eight Persons Standing and Sitting at the Table. On the right – the Standing Young Man with a Glass of Wine which becomes the main highlight of the auction sales. This work is a classic group portrait probably made on order of some organization. The canvas is not dated, however, according to the director of the F. Hals Museum in Harlem G.D. Gratama the canvas was made in the late period of the artist’s life. The examination by Doctor Gratama, one of the leading experts in his sphere, provides also the authenticity of this work that proves to be true also by its unstained provenance.

Among the top lots is the picture by the Dutch marine painter Johannes Hermanius Koekkoek (1778−1851). It is Ship-Wreck at Zealand’s Coast. Koekkoek is famous for his magnificent sea landscapes. Specializing in this genre throughout his all life he achieved the irreproachable depiction of sea elements: water, wind, waves. Works by Koekkoek are a typical example of the “guild” work which was popular among the Dutch masters when one artist throughout all his life was painting the same plot − with small variations, − perfecting the skill in the depiction of characteristic details. This method was popular for many centuries.

James de Rijk (1806−1882) specialized on the depiction of the pastoral scenes – nature and animals. His canvas the Landscape with Meadow, Two Farms, Cattle and a Dog will be put up for the sales with an estimate of €15 000–20 000.

The Parade of the Knights of the Golden Fleece outside the Ducal Palace in Brussels by the Flemish artist Gillis van Tilborch, 1625(?)–1678(?)) is of the same estimate. Gillis van Tilborch is not very popular in Russia. However his works are appreciated among the European collectors. He achieved great success in portrait painting.

Another interesting lot is the Cavalry Battle by Pieter Meulener (1602–1654). The work is estimated at €12 000-16 000. This picture which is one of the oldest among the represented ones at the auction depicts the real scene of the battle of horsemen.

In conclusion it is necessary to mention the canvas by the Dutch painter Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667) the Seller of Toys (estimate: €5000–7000). Working in Leiden Metsu managed to be in the number of the leading masters of the city. In 1653 the artist left for Amsterdam where the influential merchant Jan Hinlopin helped him. He made pictures of his family for many times. Today works by Metsu are among the best pictures of the Leiden schools of the middle of the 17th century.

Over 78 works will be put up for the sales.

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