Netherlands, 17th century
Jacob Duck (1600-1660) - Utrecht genre painter and etcher
Signed with ‘JA Duck f.’ lower right
With red seal on the reverse
Dimensions: 35 x 52 cm
Wooden frame: 48.5 x 65 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Austria
A characteristic depiction of the Utrecht painter; the current highest auction record for a similar painting by the artist is more than €189,000
Jacob Duck’s genre scenes stand out particularly by the detailed description of the clothing of the figures, visualized in the two figures in the foreground of the present painting. The scene shows a debt collector with his followers in an interior. Exhausted, the debtor has dropped the garnishment notice to the ground, while his wife behind him dries her tears with a handkerchief. The painting features Duck’s typical brown-gray color range as well as the characteristic overlong bodies of the figures.
The painting is in good condition considering its age. There are two restored horizontal cracks. The reverse has been stabilized with small braces. Inspection under UV light reveals several areas of retouching. The signature has been partly repainted. The frame shows remains of gilding and slight signs of use. The size of the painting is 35 x 52 cm, and the frame measures 48.5 x 65 cm.
Jacob Duck (1600-1660)
Born in Utrecht, Jacob Duck was an apprentice in the guild of Utrecht in 1621, where he became a master around 1630. He is documented in 1646 in Utrecht and from 1656 to 1600 in The Hague. His favorite subjects were soldiers and genre scenes. (cko)
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