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Rare Dutch and Flemish paintings offered at Christie's

A collection of rare Dutch and Flemish oil paintings will be presented at Christie’s spring auction of Old Master Paintings in a couple of weeks. The sale is comprised of 112 lots of outstanding work from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, mostly coming from private collections. Altogether, the sale is expected to bring in more than $9.7 million.

Leading the show is a painting by Caspar Netscher titled Woman Feeding a Parrot featuring a poised, young woman standing in front of her window holding a parrot in her hand and some food in the other while a child, perhaps the woman’s son, is obscured within the dark background.

The idea of women who owned pet parrots was considered fashionable in Dutch culture. This masterful work of art comes from the heirs of Hugo and Elisabeth Andriesse this year, and is expected to sell between $2,000,000--$3,000,000.

A collection of paintings coming from the property of Hans Ludwig Larsen, the founder of a successful shipping company in Amsterdam in 1922, includes 11 Dutch and Flemish works which he displayed in his home. One highlight from Ludwig’s collection is a tondo by the Master of the Antwerp Adoration The Holy Family in a Garden.

This relief portrays Jesus, Mary, and Joseph accompanied by angels in the courtyard of a Renaissance Palace. In the background of the image, two more angels can be seen filling silver pitchers from the water fountain, symbolizing the Immaculate purity of the Virgin Mary, while the wooden cross formed by Saint Joseph’s plank refers to the Christ’s Passion. Antwerp’s piece was likely inspired by Albrecht Durer’s print of The Soujourn of the Holy Family in Egypt and holds an estimate of $250,000--$350,000.

Also offered in the sale are 23 lots from the Hascoe Family Collection. One of the most notable items from this section is an untitled still-life by Frans Snyders of a dining room table with a tilted basket of grapes, tilted china bowls, and a dead bird. The panting is estimated at $300,000--$500,000.

Other highlights of the show include David Teniers II’s 1679 oil painting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (est. $200,000-$300,000), and Domenico Fetti’s 1588 oil painting David with the head of Goliath (est. $400,000--$600,000).

The auction will be held June 4th at Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza. (212) 636-2000.