Lovely antique oil signed at extreme lower right corner by the Dutch master artist JAN JACOB COENRAD SPOHLER (1837-1923), the subject a classic canal in summer, the scene including windmills, boats, houses, churches (Utrecht, Leiden?) and tiny figures. The work measures 8 1/2" by 13 1/2" (10 1/2" by 15 1/2" in older 20th century frame). The work is very typical of his paintings, many of which show ice skaters in the winter. Larger works have reached $40,000 at auction in the Netherlands. Spohler was a follower of his artist father Jan Jacob Spohler, who studied with J. Willem Pieneman, one of the pioneers of Dutch 19th century landscape painting. This example when found had a vertical slit in the upper right center, resulting from canvas shrinkage. The Yost Studios in Connecticut relined the canvas and expertly inpainted the damaged area, then cleaned the piece. A circa 1920's or 1930's Hoboken, New Jersey framer's label remains on the stretcher. It is now ready for its debut in a traditional interior. A detailed gem with excellent light and depth, considering its diminutive size.
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