Friday, 25 May 2018

"Circle of Jan Baptist II Saive'' is copy after Joachim Beuckelaer

Campo & Campo, from Belgium (but selling under the Drouot wings), sells on 29 May 2018 a "Circle of Jean Baptiste II Saive" kitchen scene, a large canvas (128 by 190 cm)estimated at 5,000 to 8,000 Euro.

Stylistically, the link to Saive (1597-1641) is rather clear; the above, sold at Sotheby's in 1990 (as by Jan Baptist I saive, but by the RKD also given to his son Jan Baptist II) has similarly looking woman in nearly the same position.

Almost exactly the same position though (the left arm has been slightly raised in the copy) can be found in a work by Joachim Beuckelaer from the Musem in Vienna. The work is from 1574, so there can be no doubt which was the original and which the copy.

Even though it is a copy, it is a huge work and reasonably well painted, so the estimate is probably right.

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