A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace

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A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace


Adriaen van de Venne (Dutch, 1589 - 1662)




about 1614


Oil on panel


16.5 x 22.9 cm (6 1/2 x 9 in.)

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Adriaen van de Venne captured the idle pleasures of courtship and leisure in this small painting. Lining a wide lane, an assortment of people watch a game of ball. To the left, a formal garden with flowers and sculptures is laid out in front of a large fantasy castle. In the left foreground, two lovers sit in shadow near an overturned lute and a pile of clothing discarded by the ballplayers. On the right is an enclosed forest area with goats and deer.

This painting and its companion, A Merry Company in an Arbor, were part of a series of four landscapes representing the seasons. This painting probably represents summer. Both paintings have a miniature and jewel-like quality, with similar colorful scenes of tiny, anecdotal figures out in the open.

- possibly 1687

Possibly Constantijn Huygens, heer van Zuilichem, 1596 - 1687 (The Hague, The Netherlands; Hofwijck, Voorburg, The Netherlands), possibly by inheritance to his only daughter, Susanna Huygens-Doublet.

possibly 1687 - 1725

Susanna Huygens-Doublet, vrouwe van Sint-Annaland, 1637 - 1725 (Sint-Annaland, Tholen, The Netherlands), upon her death held in trust by the estate.


Estate of Susanna Huygens-Doublet, vrouwe van Sint-Annaland, 1637 - 1725 [sold, Vrouwe van Sint-Annaland sale, The Hague, November 6, 1725, lots 3-6, which included 83.PB.364.2.]

- 1854

Ralph Bernal, 1783 - 1854 (London, England) [sold, Bernal sale, Christie's, London, March 10, 1855, lot 616 (with 83.PB.364.1), possibly to W. Lea.]

1855 -

Possibly W. Lea, Esq.

1889 - before 1918

Henry Lee [unsold, Lee sale, Christie's, London, March 1, 1889, lot 40, and thereafter probably by inheritance to Frederick Lee.]

- 1918

Frederick Lee [sold, British Red Cross Society sale, Christie's, London, April 20, 1918 lot 1911 (with 83.PB.364.1) to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., for 480 gns.]


Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., 1918 (Agnew stockbooks, nos. 5154-5155).

1918 -

Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., English, founded 1902 (London, England)

- 1932

Sir John Frecheville Ramsden, sixth Bart., 1877 - 1958 (Bulstrode Park, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England) [sold, Ramsden sale, Christie's, London, May 27, 1932, lot 46, to Machonachie for 95 gns.]

1932 -


- 1979

Private Collection [sold, Christie's, London, March 30, 1979, lot 9, to John Hoogsteder, Ltd.]

1979 - 1983

Hoogsteder/Naumann, Ltd. (The Hague, The Netherlands; New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580 - 1620 (December 11, 1993 to March 6, 1994) (Cat. 328.II)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), December 11, 1993 to March 6, 1994