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    Paulus Constantjin La Fargúe (Dutch, 1729-1782)
    View of the Zijlpoort, Leiden; View of the Witte Poort, Leiden, 1773 (a pair)
    Oil on panel, each
    9-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (24.1 x 31.8 cm) (each)
    Signed and inscribed indistinctly lower left: P.C. la Fargúe pinx. (first)
    Signed, inscribed and dated lower left: P.C. la Fargúe pinx. / 1773 (second)


    Unidentified English or American auction, lot 91 as "Views in Amsterdam, a pair" (text from auction catalogue preserved verso on Zijlpoort), n.d.

    Painter, draftsman, and printmaker Paulus Constantijn La Fargue specialized in depicting cityscapes and landscapes, first in The Hague and Rotterdam, then after 1770 in Delft, Haarlem, Leiden and Amsterdam. City gates were often a hub of activity with travelers and merchants with their wares passing through, and they held particular topographical fascination for La Fargue in terms of the sheer variety of architectural shapes and forms they assumed. Two such examples from the city of Leiden are recorded in the present pair of paintings: the Zijlpoort and the Witte Poort.

    Built in 1667 to the design of the city architect Willem van der Helm (1628-1675), Zijlpoort is one of only three of the original gates of Leiden to have survived, and is an elegant example of van der Helm's classicizing style.

    There had been a gate at Witte Poort in Leiden since the Middle Ages, and La Fargue's painting records the gate as it appeared following its 17th-century restoration. Just south of the gate was the De Rijn mill, owned by the father of Rembrandt, which survived until 1730--sadly not quite long enough to have been recorded in La Fargue's view. The Witte Poort was unfortunately demolished in the 1860s.

    Condition Report*: For both: Yellowed varnish. Oil on panel. Under UV light there is no apparent inpaint noted. There is a heavy, old discolored varnish. A few spots of frame abrasion. Chalk marks verso (lot 294). Framed Dimensions 15 X 18.5 X 1.5 Inches
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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