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A Hollyhock

Object Details

Title:

A Hollyhock

Artist/Maker:

Herman Saftleven the Younger (Dutch, 1609 - 1685)

Culture:

Dutch

Place:

Holland (Place Created)

Date:

September 21, 1682

Medium:

Watercolor, gouache and black chalk framing lines on three sides

Object Number:

2014.42

Dimensions:

35.2 × 25.2 cm (13 7/8 × 9 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

This monumental watercolor depicts a hollyhock spire (Althea rosea) containing a fully opened blossom and other buds and blossoms in various states of emergence and decline. The spire "grows" magically from the blank sheet of paper, casting a shadow to the right. At its base are a few seeds and a faded blossom fallen to the ground. The florid cursive signature and date by Saftleven at the bottom left complement the arabesque sway of the hollyhock spire. Every leaf and petal seem to tingle with life, and this sense of vivid animation is heightened by the deep reds and greens of the blossoms and foliage.

Provenance
Provenance
1682-1704

Agnes Block, Dutch, 1629 - 1704 (Vijverhof, Loenen aan de Vecht, near Amsterdam), commissioned from the artist, 1682.

1736

Possibly Samuel van Huls, Dutch, 1655 - 1734 [sold, Huls Sale, Jean Swart, The Hague, May 14, 1736, lot 3882.]

1739

Or possibly Valerius Röver (L.2984a, L.2984b, L.2984c), Dutch, 1686 - 1739, by inheritance to his wife, Cornelia van der Dussen, 1739.
Source: his inventory, Kunstboek 29, no. 3. “Malva indica”.

1739-1761

Possibly Cornelia van der Dussen, sold to Hendrik de Leth, 1761.

1761

Possibly Hendrik de Leth, Dutch, 1703 - 1766

1879

I. F. Ellinckhuysen, Dutch, (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, April 16, 1879, lot 233.]

1902

Charles Marius Dozy, Dutch, 1852 - 1901 [sold, R.W.P. de Vries, Amsterdam, May 6, 1902, lot 175.]

by 1943-1980

I. Q. van Regteren Altena (L.4618, L.4617), Dutch, 1899 - 1980
Source: Bienfait, Anna G. Oud Hollandsche Tuinen. Vol. 1 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1943), p. 176, note 1. (as in van Regteren Altena collection)

1980-2014

Estate of I. Q. van Regteren Altena (L.4618, L.4617), Dutch, 1899 - 1980 [sold, The I.Q. van Regteren Altena Collection, Christie’s, London, July 10, 2014, lot 35 to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Bloemenwereld van oude en moderne nederlandse kunst (March 13 to May 17, 1953)
  • Teylers Museum (Haarlem), March 13 to May 17, 1953
Bekoring van het kleine (December 24, 1959 to January 31, 1960)
  • Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht), December 24, 1959 to January 31, 1960
Kabinet van Tekeningen: 16e en 17e eeuwse Hollandse en Vlaamse tekeningen uit een Amsterdamse verzameling / Le cabinet d’un amatear: Dessins flamands et hollandaise des XVIe et XVIIe siècle d’une collection privée d’Amsterdam (November 25, 1976 to April 30, 1977)
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), November 25, 1976 to January 9, 1977
  • Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt (Paris), January 20 to March 6, 1977
  • Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (Brussels), March 19 to April 30, 1977
Finding Form (December 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

Jean Swart, The Hague. Catalogue d'un fort grand et excellent cabinet de desseins [...] par feu Monsieur S: van Huls. May 14, 1736, p. 117, lot 3882.

Frederick Muller & Co, et C.M. van Gogh. Catalogue du cabinet précieux de dessins anciens et modernes formé par Mr. J. F. Ellinckhuysen [...]. April 16, 1879, p.25, no. 233.

R. W. P. de Vries, Amsterdam. Catalogue d'une très belle collection de dessins anciens [...] de feu Mr. Ch. M. Dozy [...]. May 6, 1902, p. 19, no. 175.

Bienfait, Anna G. Oude Hollandsche Tuinen. Vol. 1 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1943), p. 176, note 1.

Bloemenwereld van oude en moderne nederlands kunst, exh. cat. (Haarlem: Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, 1953), p. 16.

Bol, Laurens Johannes. Bekoring van het Kleine, exh. cat. (Dordrecht: Dordrechts Museum, 1959), pp. 7-8, p. 37, no. 73.

Kabinet van Tekeningen: 16e en 17e eeuwse Hollandse en Vlaamse tekeningen uit een Amsterdamse verzameling, exh. cat. (Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, with Erasmus Ledeberg, 1976), p. 68, no. 116, pl. 116.

Le cabinet d’un amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandaise des XVIe et XVIIe siècle d’une collection privée d’Amsterdam, exh. cat. (Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, with Erasmus Ledeberg, 1976), p. 68, no. 116, pl. 116.

Schulz, Wolfgang.“Blumenzeichnungen von Herman Saftleven d. J.” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte XL, no. 2 (1977), pp. 140, 151-152, no. 12, fig. 16.

Schulz, Wolfgang. Herman Saftleven 1609-1685: Leben und Werke mit einem kritischen katalog der Gemälde und Zeichnungen (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1982), p. 484, no. 1432, pl. 230.

Christie's, London.The I.Q. van Regteren Altena Collection. Part I: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Renaissance to the Golden Age. July 10, 2014 , pp. 126-127, lot. 70, ill.