Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
Pastoral Landscape with a Woman Spinning and Men Plowing
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in black ink.
5 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (147 x 188 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 137

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Signed and dated at upper right corner, in black chalk, "Berghem.f. / 1654". Inscribed on the verso, at upper left corner, in brown ink, "yxft.01.2[or 7](?)"; next to this, in graphite, "6"; at lower left, in the hand of Goll van Franckenstein, in brown ink, "N 116"; over this, in graphite, "116"; and below this, in graphite, "No ["o" in superscript] A11 (?)".
Watermark: Foolscap with five points, over "4" and three balls, fragment. No ball on 3rd and 4th collar points. (similar to Heawood, no. 1964). Same as watermark on I,137a

Jonkheer Johann Goll van Franckenstein the Elder (1722-85), Amsterdam; Jonkheer Johann Goll van Franckenstein the Younger (1756-1821), Amsterdam (his N 116 on verso; Lugt 2987); Jonkheer Pieter Hendrick Goll van Franckenstein (1787-1832), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, de Vries...Roos, 1 July 1833, Album GG, lot 11 (with lot 12 to "Roos" for 190 fl.); C.J. Nieuwenhuys (1799-1883), Brussels, Belgium, and Oxford Lodge, Wimbledon, England; his sale, London, Christie's, 15 July 1887, lot 10: "N. Berchem. A Landscape, with peasants under a tree, and figures ploughing. Signed and dated 1654" (to Fairfax Murray for £5.10.0); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Goll van Franckenstein, J. (Johann), 1722-1785, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Johan, 1756-1821, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Pieter Hendrik, 1787-1832, former owner.
Nieuwenhuys, C. J., 1799-1883, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 137, repr.