C1700 Oil on Canvas Painting Follower of Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668)


The original Philips Wouwerman painting of "Der Scheck vor der Schmiede" was painted about 1658 and is in the Kassel Staadtliche Kunstammlungen. This painting is 40.5 cm by 45cm, which is, unusually, larger than the original, which is only 34.4cm by 38.3 cm. The traditional black Dutch style frame is 61cm by 65.5 cm. Wouwerman was Dutch. This is not a well know and much copied painting like so many of the Raphaels, Leonardos, Canalettos, etc.

This appears to be the same painting offered by Bonhams, Kensington, Lot 123, in 24th October 2018 with estimates of GBP2,000- GBP3,000 plus the dreaded Buyers Premium. I can find no other copy of the original, and our picture corresponds in size and age.

There are various inscriptions and labels to the reverse. The painter of our late 17th century example was probably a "Follower of" and knew the original painting, possibly while it was still in the workshop.

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