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Attributed to Netscher, Constantin (Dutch painter, 1668-1723) , Nymphs Laying Offerings before a Statue of Venus and Cupid

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Title Nymphs Laying Offerings before a Statue of Venus and Cupid
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to Netscher, Constantin (Dutch painter, 1668-1723)
Previously attributed to Netscher, Caspar (Dutch painter, 1639-1684)
Date 1670 (dated)
Signed yes
Description To the right the statues of Venus and Cupid stand on a square plinth with relief decorations of putti on its side. Centrally three nymphs, the nearest in orange-brown, kneel and offer garlands and other gifts to the goddess. Satyrs are seen in the background.
Current Accession Number 80
Former Accession Number 112 (1855); 318 (1893)
Inscription front lr 'CNetscher fec 1670' (the initials in monogram)
Subject mythology (Venus; Cupid)
Measurements 52.7 x 44.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance Philippe, duc d'Orléans (1674-1723), Paris, by 1723; by descent to Philippe-Joseph, duc d'Orléans (1747-1793); his sale, by private treaty, 1792, bought by T. M. Slade for Kinnaird-Morland-Hammersley syndicate; European Gallery sales, London, May 1804-April 1814 (seven sales, bought in at each), August 1814; E. Lake sale, London, 12 July 1845, lot 92, bought by Smith; R. D. Alston sale, Glasgow, 27 April 1847, lot 52, bought by Archibald McLellan, £26.5s
Publications Du Boise de St Gelais, Description des Tableaux du Palais Royal, Paris, 1727, p. 164; Buchanan, W., Memoirs of Painting, I, London, 1824, p. 207; Smith, J., A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of [...] Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, IV, London, 1833, no. 34; Nieuwenhuys, C. J., A Review of [...] Eminent Painters, London, 1834, p. 168, as by Constantine Netscher; Waagen, G., Works of Art [...] in England, I, London, 1838, p. 339; McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 7, no. 112; Hofstede de Groot, C., 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', Oud Holland, 11, 1893, p. 141, no. 318; Hofstede de Groot, C., A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, V, London, 1913, Netscher, no. 23; Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, pp. 99-100, no. 80, II, p. 66; Wieseman, M. E., Caspar Netscher and Late Seventeenth Century Dutch Painting, Doornspijk, 2002, no. B32, as dated 1679, and possibly a copy by Constantin Netscher.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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