Fine old drawing of two women and a man, a horse, cow, dog and five goats in a landscape, 17th or 18th century, after the Dutch Old Master artist NICOLAES BERCHEM (1620-1683). The drawing, measuring 11 1/8" by 16 1/4", (19" by 24 1/2" as framed) was laid down long ago on a thin card. It is unsigned. An old label including cut-out printed catalog entry and a hand-written note thereon, accompanies the drawing. It indicates that this is lot 64 of the sale of March 25, 1914 at the American Art Galleries in New York, in association with R. Ederheimer Print Cabinet, 366 Fifth Avenue. That seems to have been an impressive sale for its time, including works by any number of major name Old Master artists. Otto Bernet, who went on to be one of the founders of Parke-Bernet in 1939, (subsequently purchased by Sotheby's in 1964) was one of the figures who organized the sale. The hand-written note indicates this was from the collection of Col. S. Harrison of Kent, England (as were most of the other works offered in that March 1914 sale). The attributions would be suspect by today's stricter standards. I showed images of this to Sotheby's and Christie's specialists, who replied that they believe the work to be a copy of Berchem or after one of his prints. I am offering it therefore as simply a highly decorative and collectable, fine, good-sized antique old master drawing.
Berchem was a Dutch Golden Age painter known today for his pastoral landscapes including mythological or biblical figures, and allegory. A popular teacher, he traveled to Italy where he found the subject matter to be inspiring. Major paintings sell for very high figures at auction.
The drawing has some condition issues that do not lessen the decorative appeal. Other than being laid down on the old card, there are a few generally brownish stains/discolorations, general wear especially at top, and at upper left, a missing piece at the very edge. Currently it is loose under the mat and for shipping it will be separated from the glass and framing.
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