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Terence Cuneo, Michael Ancher, and Jacob Duck: European artists of the XVII-XXth centuries at the September 2020 Schuler Auktionen sales

Zurich - Schuler Auktionen will put up for sale rare works of European artists of the XVII-XXth centuries between the 14-18 September 2020. Among the works for sale will be a unique find from the XVIIth century - a genre scene of Dutch painter Jacob Duck discovered 80 years after a black-and-white photograph of the piece was found.

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Terence Cuneo
Terence Cuneo (London, 1907 – London, 1996).
“Baldwin Steam Locomotive 141 R”
Oil on canvas. Signed botton right and dated “Sept. ‘61”.
63,8*76 cm.
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One of the top lots of the upcoming auction will be the “Baldwin Steam Locomotive 141 R” by English artist Terence Cuneo (estimated at € 28’570 - 38’100). The canvas depicts the 141 R type of Baldwin locomotive, which was produced for the national railway of France. During his time as an artist, Terence Cuneo received several of the highest state honours and became the official artist for Elisabeth II’s coronation. Works by Cuneo are colossal in their diversity. The artist created a large number of ceremonial works, painted war and railway scenes, images with cars, depicted genre scenes, horses, and even painted cartoon illustrations with mice, which he also liked to include in his serious canvases.


  • Christie’s London, 7. 5. 2006, lot 429 (titled “Train in the yard”).
  • Sotheby’s London, 28.10.2008, lot 240.
  • Christie's , London, 04.06.2009, lot 65.
  • Taylor Gallery, London, No 815.
  • Private collection, Ticino (acquired from the above mentioned gallery).
Jacob Duck
Jacob Duck (Utrecht, c. 1600 – Utrecht, 1667).
“Vanitas, Sleeping Woman in an Interior”
c. 1653/57 гг. Oil on canvas.
45*36 cm.
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The upcoming auction is marked by an important discovery. The work by Dutch genre painter Jacob Duck called “Vanitas, Sleeping Woman in an Interior” (estimated at € 11’430 - 15’240) was known only by a black-and-white photograph, and only 80 years later was the painting found in a private collection. The canvas is a high-quality sample of Duck’s art, characterized by a soft, muted palette and the inclusion of a large number of small details. His sleeping lady is elegantly settled in an armchair, and the setting adroitly brings to mind vanitas - the temporality of existence. The smoking pipe, mirror, viola da gamba, books, pitcher, and the woman's position all point to the fact that the moment is fleeting, and life's pleasures are futile before the imminent. Jacob Duck's work is included in the State Hermitage collection (“Soldier’s Rest”, 1645-50, was received between 1763-1796, collection of Catherine II).


  • Auction Professor Jan Bleuland (1756–1838), Lamme, Utrecht, 6.5.1839, lot 60.
  • Sale R.H. Ward, London, 1936.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
René Paresce
René Paresce (Geneva, 1886 – Paris, 1937).
“Tuscan Landscape”, 1923
Signed bottom right and dated XXIII.
38*46 cm.
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“Tuscan Landscape” (estimated at € 9’520.00 - 14’290) belongs to the hand of Swiss modernist René Paresce - descendant of a Sicilian socialist and the daughter of a Russian businessman. The artist spent his childhood in Florence, and later the family moved to Paris, where René Paresce entered the circle of Cézanne, Modigliani, Picasso, Dyagilev.


  • Private collection, Paris.
  • During four generations was part of the collection in one family, Switzerland.
Wybrand de Geest (Leeuwarden, 1592 – 1661), окружение
Wybrand de Geest (Leeuwarden, 1592 – 1661), circle of.
“Portrait of Frisian nobleman Hette Jelckes Hobbema”, 1634.
Oil on canvas. Dated top left.
101,5*82,5 cm.
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The impressively sized portrait of Frisian nobleman Hette Jelckes Hobbema from 1634 (estimated at € 9’520.00 - 14’290) stands out due to the high quality of the painting and the meticulous detailing of the suit, and is attributed to the circle of Wybrand de Geest. The work is reminiscent of Frans van Eysing's portrait created in 1634 by de Geest, although it does differ in manner of execution.


  • Panel vertically broken in three spots and firmed.


  • Museum Frey-Näpflin Stiftung, Stans (according to the owners).
  • Part of the collection in Central Switzerland.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Charles L'Eplattenier
Charles L'Eplattenier (Neuchatel, 1874 – Côtes du Doubs).
“Le Grütli”, 1941 г.
Oil on canvas. Signed and dated bottom left, on the reverse side Werknummer 567.
73*92 cm.
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The “Le Grütli” landscape painting, 1941 (estimated at € 7’620 – 14’290), by Swiss artist, sculptor and architect Charles L'Eplattenier, opens a view on a meadow next to Lucerne lake, where, according to the legend, the representatives of the three communes convened and gave an oath to provide mutual aid, which gave birth to the the Old Swiss Confederacy. L'Eplattenier actively implemented the art nouveau style in Neuchatel, among his students was the distinguished architect of the XXth century Le Corbusier.


  • Private collection, Western Switzerland.
Bartholomeus van Bassen
Bartholomeus van Bassen (Antwerpen, 1590 – the Hague, 1652).
“Church Interior with Figures”
Probably, 1640-s. Oil on wood panel. On the base of the right colomn later inscription P.v.Neefs and date 1633.
60,7*81 cm.
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“Church Interior with Figures”, 1640s (estimated at € 7’620 - 11’430), by Dutch artist and architect Bartholomeus van Bassen, presents a theme characteristic of his paintings and is distinguished by the transmission accuracy of architectural details.


  • Significant areas of paint loss. Slight dent in the panel.


  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Rudolf Koller
Rudolf Koller (Zurich, 1828 – Zurich, 1905).
“Horsemen in the Forest”, 1877
Oil on canvas. Bottom left signed and dated.
32,5*42 cm.
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“Horsemen in the Forest”, 1877, (estimated at € 5’710 - 8’570) by Rudolf Koller, one of the biggest Swiss painters of the XIXth century, demonstrates an original contrast of light and shadow, focusing the viewer's attention on two light spots in the centre of the composition. Rudolf Koller is known for his realist manner, depictions of animals, and landscape sketches.


  • Parquetted.
  • This painting is archived by Swiss Institute for Art Research (No. 170831 0004) as the work executed by Rudolf Koller.


  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Louis Georges Brillouin
Louis Georges Brillouin (St-Jean-d'Angély, 1817 – Melle, 1893).
“After the Hunt”.
Oil on wood panel. Signed bottom left.
43,8*50 cm.
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The genre scene “After the Hunt” (estimated at € 2’860 – 4’760), by French painter Louis Georges Brillouin, reflects the way of life of its time with humour.


  • Bottom left inscription pained.


  • Koller Auktionen, Zurich, 22.3.2016, A176, lot 3215.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Michael Ancher
Michael Ancher (Bornholm, 1849 – Skagen, 1927).
“Woman Knitting at the Beach”, 1899
Oil on cardboard, mounted on wood. Monogrammed bottom left and dated MA 99(?).
32,3*24,4 cm.
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“Woman Knitting at the Beach” (estimated at € 2’860 - 4’760) by Danish impressionist Michael Ancher is likely a sketch for the painting “A Fisherman and his Wife at the Beach, Sunset” from 1919, which was sold at Bruun Rasmussen on November 28th, 2017 (lot 57). There are two more works with the image of a fisherman’s wife in a black shawl knitting - “Fisherman's Wife Knitting on Skagen Beach” from 1900 (Bruun Rasmussen, May 30th, 2017, lot 29, and Kunsthallen Kunstauktioner, February 14th, 1996, lot 139).

Maestro della tela jeans
Maestro della tela jeans (Active in Northern Italy, 1675 – 1700).
“Children Robbing an Old Sleeping Couple”
Oil on canvas.
77*97 cm.
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The anonymous artist by the pseudonym Maestro della tela jeans worked in northern Italy at the end of the XVII century and became renowned thanks to the dark blue fabric he used in his works. The genre scene “Children Robbing an Old Sleeping Couple” (estimated at € 2’860 - 4’760) is characteristic of his art, which was dedicated to the lives of ordinary people.


  • Relined. Slight dent in the canvas.

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