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Willem van Mieris, Anton Raphael Mengs, Thomas Heeremans and rare works of Dutch artists at the autumn sale of Schuler Auktionen 16-20 September 2019

During the period from 16 to 20 September 2019 Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will offer XV – XIX centuries works of European artists. The upcoming auction features rare works of Dutch painters.

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Willem van Mieris. Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem.
Willem van Mieris (1662 – 1747).
“Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem”, ca. 1696.
Oil on wooden panel. Signed on the left on the bottom. Numbered on the reverse side: 339, wax stamp.
37*47 cm.
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Among the top lots at the upcoming auction is the work of the master of portrait, historic and genre scenes from the Northern Netherlands Willem van Mieris. His “Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem”, ca. 1696 (estimated at €47,620 – 66,670), was painted after the event described in the New Testament. The composition of the work repeats the sculpture of Francis van Bossuit (1635–1692), which was popularised thanks to the engravings of Matthijs Pool (1676–1732).


  • Probably, sold at auction of Pook und Thoed. van Pee, the Hague, 23 May 1747, No 11.
  • Probably, sold at auction of J.H. Viet, Amsterdam, 12 October 1774, No 141.
  • Probably, sold at auction of J.H. Viet, Amsterdam, 25 September 1780, No 24.
  • Private collection, Western Switzerland.


  • Hofstede de Groot, C.: Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII Jahrhunderts, 1928, pic. 10, Willem van Mieris, No 24.
  • Compared with “Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem” by Willem van Mieris, black chalk on parchment, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, MB 2007/T 3 (PK). Comparison with the figure of a soldier: Willem van Mieris, “Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem” (after the sculpture by Francis van Bossuit), black chalk on parchment, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Inv./Kat. Nr. 2007.276.1.
Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Yonger. Flower bouquet in a marble vase with a sculpture of putto.
Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Yonger (1664, Antwerp – 1730, Antwerp).
“Flower bouquet in a marble vase with a sculpture of putto”.
Oil on canvas. Singned on the left on the bottom.
112,5*101 cm.
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“Flower bouquet in a marble vase with a sculpture of putto” (estimated at €19,050 – 28,570) by Flemish artist Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Yonger, renowned for his still life works, was presumably executed together with a Dutch master Mattheus Terwesten (1670–1757), who may have painted the sculpture of putto. Hence, this painting could have been executed between 1706 and 1723 when Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Yonger was in the Hague (assumes Fred G. Meijer from the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), 2004).

Note: Relined. Craquelure.

Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland.

Anton Raphael Mengs. Self-portrait.
Anton Raphael Mengs (1728–1779), studio.
Oil on canvas. Inscription on the reverse side: “Antonio Raffello (sic!) Mengs”.
103*77 cm.
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The auction will feature “Self-portrait” of Anton Raphael Mengs (estimated at €17,140 – 24,760), one of the brightest artists of classical epoch, executed in the studio of the artist.

Note: Report from Prof. Dr. Steffi Roettgen as of 16 April 2014. New stretcher bars. The portrait corresponds to the type of "Uffizien 1773".

Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland.

Northern Italy, beginning of the XVI century. Catherina of Alexandria.
Northern Italy, beginning of the XVI century.
“Catherina of Alexandria”.
Tempera on wooden panel.
79,5*40,5 cm.
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Another lot to be offered at the upcoming auction is “Catherina of Alexandria” (€4,760 – 6,670), Northern Italy.

Note: Condition report on request. Comes with report from Bernardino Fungai.

Temptation of St. Anthony. Joos de Momper the Younger.
“Temptation of St. Anthony”,
attribution to Joos de Momper the Younger (Antwerp, 1564 – Antwerp, 1635) and David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp, 1610 – Brussels, 1690).
Oil on wooden panel.
54,8*45,3 cm.
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“Temptation of St. Anthony” (estimated at €4,760 – 7,620) is attributed to Dutch masters Joos de Momper the Younger and David Teniers the Younger.

Note: Parquetted, areas with paint loss.

Thomas Heeremans. Winter landscape with the river and town.
Thomas Heeremans (1641–1694).
“Winter landscape with the river and town”.
Oil on wooden panel. Signed on the bottom on the left.
45,6*54,5 cm.
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“Winter landscape with the river and town” by Thomas Heeremans (estimated at €3,810 – 5,710) features a typical for the artist's theme of winter as well as the colour palette.

Note: Inner corners cleaned, polished surface.

Nicolas Henry de Gray. Luna and Aurora.
Nicolas Henry de Gray (Gray, 1822 - ?).
“Luna and Aurora”.
1886. Oil on canvas. Signed on the bottom on the left.
210*140 cm.
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A large scale canvas of over two meters in width and almost one and half meters in height by Nicolas Henry de Gray depicts an allegory of “Luna and Aurora”, 1886, (estimated at €3,810– 5,710) in soft colours.

Note: Evidence of restoration.

Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland.

Brussels, ca. 1665. Interior of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels.
Brussels, ca. 1665.
“Interior of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels”.
Oil on canvas.
57,5*74,5 cm.
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“Interior of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels”, dated ca. 1665, was executed by an un renowned artist in Brussels (estimated at €2,860 – 4,760).

Note: Relined.


  • Sotheby's, London, 23.5.1979 as Pieter Neeffs.
  • Private collection, Brussels. Inherited to the present owner in Switzerland.

Literature: Maillet, B., Interieurs d’Eglises 1580 – 1720: la peinture architecturale dans les écoles du Nord. 2012, No 1005.

Lambert de Hondt the Elder. Horse troops enter the village.
Lambert de Hondt the Elder (before 1620 – 1665).
“Horse troops enter the village”.
Probably, ca. 1665. Oil on canvas. On the bottom in the centre monogrammed “DTF” as a later addition.
87*120,5 cm.
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A Flemish artist Lambert de Hondt the Elder is renowned for his landscapes, battle and genre scenes. His work “Horse troops enter the village” (estimated at €2,860 – 4,760), dated ca. 1665, will be among the highlights at the upcoming autumn sale.


  • According to the Netherlands Institute of Art History (RKD) the painting was possibly executed either by Lambert de Hondt the Elder or Lambert de Hondt the Yonger.
  • Marijke C. de Kinkelder presumes that the painting may be dated to 1665 on the ground of the costumes depicted.
  • Cut edges, relined, new stretcher bars.


  • Probably, collection of Baronin Matilde Kielmansegg-Grimmer, Linsberg, Austria.
  • Auction house Albert Kende, Vienna, 29.10. 1928. Auction No 94, lot 61 as Studio of David Teniers the Yonger.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Franz Richard Unterberger. Lauterbrunnental with the view of the Breithorn.
Franz Richard Unterberger (Innsbruck, 1838 – Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1902).
“Lauterbrunnental with the view of the Breithorn”.
Oil on canvas. Signed on the bottom left. Titled on the old label on the reverse side.
61*92 cm.
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Franz Richard Unterberger’s landscape “Lauterbrunnental with the view of the Breithorn” (estimated at €2,860 – 4,760) shows the panoramic view of the Swiss Apls in the bygone times.

Note: Damage of paint on the bottom centre. Retouching.

Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland.

Alfred Arthur Brunel de Neuville. Kittens and sewing things.
Alfred Arthur Brunel de Neuville (1852 – Paris, 1941).
“Kittens and sewing things”.
Oil on canvas. Signed on the bottom on the left.
23,2*32 cm.
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A sweet scene depicting kittens playing with the wool balls in “Kittens and sewing things” (estimated at €1,140 – 1,710) belongs to a French painter Alfred Arthur Brunel de Neuville, renowned for his numerous paintings of this kind.

Note: Cut edges, relined.

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