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An extensive series of religious paintings by Old Masters with strong provenance at Schuler Auktionen 25-27 March 2020 in Zurich

On March 23 and during the period from 25 to 27 March 2020 Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will be hosting a traditional spring auction and presenting works by European painters from the XV-XIXth centuries. Among the highlights is an extensive series of religious paintings with strong provenance, landscapes and still life art.

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incent Sellaer
Vincent Sellaer (c. 1490 – 1564), studio.
Holy Kinship: Mary Cleophas with family. Oil on wood panel.
96,7*125,5 cm.
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One of the highlights at the upcoming auction is “Holy Kinship: Mary Cleophas with family” (estimated at EUR 28 570 – 47 620) by the studio of Flemish Renaissance artist Vincent Sellaer, renowned for his art on mythological and Christian themes. Sallaer's manner was influenced by the school of Leonrdo da Vinci and Raphael. It is noticeable that Sallaer frequently painted the iconographic scene of Holy Kinship.


  • Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 3.9.1938, lot1652, ill., according to the auction catalogue it refers to “Gemälde aus dem Nachlass eines Zürcher Sammlers / Diverser Besitzer” (Paintings from the estate of a collector in Zurich/ various owners).
  • Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 9.11.1940, lot 1188, ill.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.


  • Restored. Parquetted.
  • Another version of this scene was sold at Dorotheum in Vienna 24.4.2018 (lot 28).
  • Schuler Auktionen express gratitude to Dr. Micha Leeflang for cataloguing this painting from a high resolution photo.
Willem Key
Willem Key (Breda, 1516 – Antwerpen, 1568) and studio.
Lamentation of Christ. Oil on wood panel.
76,8*102,1 cm.
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“Lamentation of Christ” by Flemish Renaissance artist Willem Key and his studio (estimated at EUR 19 050 – 28 570) is one of the versions of this religious scene by the artist.

Prof. Koenraad Jonckheere in his publication mentioned two similar works of portrait orientation, signed and dated 1553. He also mentioned five other works depicting this scene of landscape orientation, which are not comparable to the offered painting, because they do not have key features typical to the artwork by Willem Key (Jonckheere, Koenraad: Willem Key (1516–1568) Portrait of a Humanist Painter. 2011, p. 136-142 and 181-182).

Mr. Gijs G. Keij proposes two hypotheses how several versions of “Lamentation of Christ” appeared. First one suggests that the painting at auction had been chronologically painted the first and was so much liked by the artist that he arranged this composition to be repeated in larger sizes. Another one is that portrait orientation paintings had been created first, and the smaller size painting with fewer characters offered at auction was made later.


  • Restoration in two areas.
  • Schuler Auktionen express gratitude to Prof. Koenraad Jonckheere and Mr. Gijs G. Keij for cataloguing this painting from a high resolution photo.


  • Probably, English collection. An old sticker on the frame “Lady Wil...(?) Mugd…(?) N…(?) fife”.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Jan Josefz van Goyen
Jan Josefz van Goyen (Leiden, 1596 – the Hague, 1656), attributed.
River landscape with view on the castle. Oil on wood panel.
Monogrammed “VG” on left bottom and dated.
47*63 cm.
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“River landscape with view on the castle”, attributed to Jan Josefz van Goyen (estimated at EUR 7 620 – 11 430), features monochromatic colours. Jan Josefz van Goyen developed a tonal mannel of landscape painting, which was very influential at that time, and many tried to imitate him.


  • Parquetted


  • Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 8.6.1995, lot 3276, attributed to Wouter Knijff.
  • Private collecton, Switzerland.


  • Similar composition, dated the same year: Beck, Hans-Ulrich, Jan van Goyen. Ein Oeuvreverzeichnis. Ill. II, Nr. 752, 755 and 756.
Paolo Domenico Finoglio
Paolo Domenico Finoglio (Orta di Atella, 1590 – Conversano,1645).
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine, c. 1640. Oil on canvas.
96*143,5 cm.
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“The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine”, c. 1640 (estimated at EUR 7 620 – 11 430), features the Christ as the infant going through a mystical marriage wedding ceremony with St. Catherine. Paolo Domenico Finoglio worked in the tenebrist style. He painted walls in The Certosa di San Martino, Pozzuoli Cathedral, many churches nearby Naples, as well as at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille.


  • Strip lining. Areas of paint loss.
  • Shuler Auktionen express gratitude to Prof. Riccardo Lattuada for cataloguing this painting from a high resolution photo.
Anthony van Dyck
Anthony van Dyck (Antwerpen, 1599 – London, 1641), after.
Charles I King of England and Henrietta Maria.
Oil on canvas.
33,5*45 cm.
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“Charles I King of England and Henrietta Maria” (estimated at EUR 5 710 – 7 620) is painted after the original work by Anthony van Dyck for Somerset House in 1632. Currently the original painting is kept in the collection of Kromeriz Castle in the Czech Republic.


  • Without frame. Relined. Areas with loss of paint.


  • Barnes, S.J., Van Dyck. A complete catalogue of the paintings. 2002, Nr. IV 46.
Sebastien Bourdon
Sebastien Bourdon (Montpellier, 1616 – Paris, 1671), circle of.
The Finding of Moses.
Oil on canvas.
113*130,5 cm.
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“The Finding of Moses”, circle of Sebastien Bourdon (estimated at EUR 5 710 – 7 620). The original work “The Finding of Moses” by Sebastien Bourdon is currently kept in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The masterpiece created by the artist is The Crucifixion of St. Peter in Notre-Dame De Paris, which luckily was not destroyed in the fire of 15 April 2019.


  • Relined. Fine cracking.
Salvatore Candido
Salvatore Candido (Naples, 1798 – Naples, 1869).
Paired paintings: View from Napels. 1840.
Oil on canvas. Signed and dated bottom left.
30*41 cm.
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Paired landscape paintings “View from Napels” by Salvatore Candido (estimated at EUR 5 710 – 7 620) show the Gulf of Naples on a sunny day with wooden boats on the shore and smoke coming out Mount Vesuvius.


  • Cut edges. Relined. New canvas stretchers.
Reinhard Sebastian Zimmermann
Reinhard Sebastian Zimmermann (Hagnau, 1815 – Munich, 1893).
Peasants from Dachauer in the new Schleissheim Palace.
1862. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated bottom left, inscripted “München”.
102*91 cm.
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“Peasants from Dachauer in the new Schleissheim Palace”, dated 1892, by Reinhard Sebastian Zimmermann (estimated at EUR 4 760 – 7 620), refers to genre scenes showcasing the life of Swabia and Bavaria peasants, which was a favourite theme of the artist. Zimmermann was a court painter of Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden.


  • Fine cracking. Some areas with the loss of paint.
Paolo Caliari
Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo Veronese (Verona, 1528 – Venezia, 1588), studio.
The Supper at Emmaus. Oil on canvas.
67,8*77,3 cm.
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“The Supper at Emmaus” by the studio of Paolo Veronese (estimated at EUR 3 810 – 5 710) had long been attributed to El Greco (see literature). The original work painted by the artist is kept in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.


  • Collection of Otto E. Messinger, Paris, purchased as El Greco in 1932.
  • Lodovico Caneri, Luzern, before 1944.
  • Private collection, Bern.


  • D'Achiardi, Pietro, La Collection Messinger, Rom 1910, p. 227-229, as El Greco.


  • Cut edges and relined. Fine cracking.
  • Another copy after Paolo Veronese's “The Supper at Emmaus” was sold at Pandolfini auction house 13 February 2018 (lot 165).
Harmen Loeding
Harmen Loeding (Leiden, 1627 – Leiden, 1673).
Still life of strawberries, cherries, a lemon and a crab.
Oil on wood panel. 35*39 cm.
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“Still life of strawberries, cherries, a lemon and a crab” by Harmen Loeding (estimated at EUR 3 810 – 5 710) is a rare piece created by the artist considering his quite small oeuvre.


  • Jacob and Rosa Oppenheimer.
  • Galerie van Diemen & Co., Berlin.
  • Paul Raupe, Berlin, 26 and 27.4.1935, Liquidation der Galerie Diemen, uciton 142, lot 37 (as Johannes Hannot).
  • Private collection, Switzerland.


  • Kunsthandel Goudstikker, Het Stilleven, Amsterdam, 18.2.–26.3.1933, No. 130 (as Johannes Hannot).


  • Schuler Auktionen express gratitude to Dr. Fred G. Meijer for estimation of the painting by Harmen Loeding.

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