September 28, 2023


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Jan Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Youthful at Public sale

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Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) An Extensive Wooded Landscape, 1610. Oil on copper. 20¾ x 28½ in (52.7 x 72.4 cm). Estimate £3,00,000-5,000,000. Offered in The Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection Old Masters Evening Sale on 6 December 2018 at Christie’s in London

Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) An Intensive Wooded Panorama, 1610. Oil on copper. 20¾ x 28½ in (52.7 x 72.4 cm). Estimate: £3,00,000-5,000,000. Supplied in The Eric Albada Jelgersma Assortment Previous Masters Night Sale on 6 December 2018 at Christie’s in London

Mr Albada Jelgersma’s assortment additionally consists of one of many largest landscapes Jan Brueghel the Elder ever painted on copper (above),
 File:Jan Breughel (II) & Hendrick van Balen (I) - An Allegory of the Elements, earth, air and water Diana and her Nymphs after the Chase.jpg

Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hendrick van Balen
Diana and her nymphs after the hunt
oil on oak panel

Pieter Brueghel The Youthful, The Tower of Babel, oil on panel. Estimate: $1,500,000 – 2,500,000. © Christie’s Photographs Ltd 2022.

File:Brueghel II, Pieter - Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1600.jpg 
Pieter Brueghel the Youthful
Christ with the Girl Taken in Adultery
oil on oak panel


The sale presents an distinctive number of 4 main works by Pieter Brueghel the Youthful.

The Kermesse of Saint George (estimate: £2.5-3.5 million) is one in all his rarest and most authentic innovations, fully impartial from any of his father’s works and extra achieved than any of his different authentic compositions. Together with this image, solely 4 securely autograph variations are recognized. Georges Marlier, the pioneering Breughel scholar, dated the image to earlier than 1626-28. He praised it for brilliantly affirming the youthful Brueghel’s persona, calling it ‘100% “Breughelian”, not just for the dramatic rhythms that pervade it, but additionally within the stylisation of the figures and within the color harmonies. Whereas sustaining the continuity of Pieter the Elder’s artwork by way of these themes, his son Pieter provides rein to his personal explicit vigour, his personal style for anecdote and his personal mastery of his career that is the same as these of the best artists.’

From a European Personal Assortment, The Birdtrap (estimate: £2-3 million) is a perfectly preserved instance, painted on a single panel, of what’s arguably the Brueghel dynasty’s most iconic invention, and probably the most enduringly well-liked photographs in Western artwork. The Hentrap is a composition of distinctive poetic magnificence: in a hilly panorama, blanketed with snow, a merry band of nation folks are skating, curling, taking part in skittles and hockey on a frozen river, in apparently carefree style. But there are hidden perils, serving as pertinent reminders of the precariousness and transience of life itself: the fishing gap within the centre of the frozen river is an indication of the risks that lurk beneath the light-hearted pleasures of the Flemish winter; and to the appropriate of the composition birds encompass the eponymous lure, seemingly oblivious to its imminent menace. On this outstanding work, executed with poise and nice delicacy, Brueghel delivers a message of lasting poignancy concerning the fickleness and uncertainty of life.

The opposite works embrace The Marriage ceremony Feast, which is obtainable from the property of a European Household (estimate: £1.5-2.5 million). The Marriage ceremony Feast is just not solely probably the most iconic photographs within the Brueghel canon, it is among the most well-known banquet scenes within the historical past of Western artwork by advantage of the prototype, the masterpiece  

Peasant Marriage ceremony by Pieter Bruegel the Elder now within the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The image supplied on the market is one in all solely 4 recorded autograph variations by Brueghel the Youthful and this would be the first to come back to the market for the reason that late Seventies.  And the ultimate image by Brueghel the Youthful comes from The Cunningham Assortment,

The Outside Marriage ceremony Dance, dated 1621 (estimate: £1.2-1.8 million).