1 May 2019
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Jan Asselijn (Dieppe 1610-1652 Amsterdam)
A military skirmish in a wooded landscape
indistinctly signed and dated ‘[…]y[n] 163[?]’ (lower right)
oil on panel
15 7/8 x 28 1/8 in. (40.3 x 71.4 cm.)
Steffan Stackelberg, Faehna, near Reval (Tallinn), Estonia.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 5 November 1986, lot 43, where acquired by the present owner ($24,200).
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A.C. Steland-Stief, Jan Asselijn, nach 1610 bis 1652, Amsterdam, 1971, pp. 27, 125, no. 14, plate VII.
This painting is among the earliest works by Jan Asselijn, who alongside Jan Both and Jan Baptist Weenix is regarded as one of the most important Dutch Italianate landscapists of the mid-seventeenth century. Anne Charlotte Steland-Stief has suggested that the painting, which displays the influence of Asselijn’s master, the battle painter Jan Martszen de Jonge, dates to around 1634 on the basis of its similarities with a work dating to that year in the Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig (loc. cit.).
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