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    ROELANDT JACOBSZ SAVERY (Dutch 1576-1639)
    Landscape with Lions
    Oil on panel
    17.5in. x 24.75in.
    Signed bottom center: Roelandt/ Savery
    Provenance: private collection; Leger and Son, London, 1955; private collection, Middlesex, England
    Exhibited: Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Roelandt Savery 1576-1639, April- June, 1954, no. 87.
    Roelandt Savery painted two similar versions of this subject, and both are signed. One is in the collection of Graf von Schonborn, Pommersfelden; the other in the Kulturgeschichtes Museum, Osnabruck. Savery was a versatile artist and superb draftsman who painted landscapes, genre scenes, still lifes and flower pieces. Savery was born in Kortijk and as a boy moved to Haarlem, in the southern Netherlands. By 1591 he was studying with his brother Jacob and the artist Hans Bol in Amsterdam.
    Savery traveled widely and worked as a court painter for Henry IV of France. Beginning around 1603, he worked for ten years as court painter for Rudolph II of Prague. He traveled through Bohemia making sketches and drawings he used as the basis for his paintings. His work also incorporated exotic animals that he studied closely in Rudolf's menagerie, and he must have seen the now extinct dodo bird as is often appears in some of his paintings. Savery later worked in the court of Emperor Matthias of Vienna before settling in Utrecht in 1619.
    While his work recalls the paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Savery's style is more archaic. His landscapes are known for their abundance of flora and fauna, painted in meticulous detail. His landscape paintings with jagged rock formations and waterfalls influenced Dutch landscape painters such as Allart van Everdingen, Herman Saflteven the Younger and Jacob van Ruisdael. Savery's paintings are housed in important public collections, including the Louvre, Paris; National Gallery of Art, London; Norton Simon Museum, California; National Gallery of Prague, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


    Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Condition: original panel mounted on new cradled panel, horizontal hairline crack upper one-third of panel, flecks of inpaint in sky, areas of inpaint left side near and behind lions.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2004
    30th-31st Saturday-Sunday
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