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Christie, James, 1773–1831

A catalogue of a small but exquisite assemblage of thirty-two cabinet pictures, recently consigned from abroad : these pictures (genuine private property) are the élite of whatever has been for many years procurable in Holland, and are the perfection of the art as far as it has been carried in the school of that country : among them are that very celebrated & astonishing landscape with figures, by P. Potter, one of the very finest in Europe, of the master, formerly in the cabinet of Mr. V. Slingelandt : a large sea piece by Dubbels, an admirable chef d'œuvre : a Holy Family, Rubens : an interior, with many figures, A. Ostade : a ditto, Teniers, capital : a charming Cuyp : two by Rembrandt, and others by Wouvermans, Berghem, Ruysdael, Hobbima, Wynants, Du Jardin, Both, Lingelbach, J. Steen, Metzu, G. Dow, Terberg, V. Eckhout, V. der Heyden, Backuysen : in the highest perfection : which will be sold by auction by Mr. Christie, at his Great Room, Pall Mall, on Saturday, April 26, 1806, at twelve o'clock.

[London] : Mr. Christie, [1806]
London : J. Smeeton, 148, St. Martin's Lane,
Physical Description:
10 pages ; 27 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N8640 .N6+ v. 4 no.22 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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" At least three copies of the catalogue have the name "Mr. Crawford" written by hand on the title page, and one of them (MMNY) calls him "Mr. Crawford of Rotterdam" as does Buchanan (Memoirs, 1824, II, p.180). The latter also reprints the entire catalogue (pp.181-87), giving prices and buyers and adding that Crawford had resided for many years in Holland for business reasons. In spite of the attention given the sale at the time, relatively little has been written about the owner. He is identifiable with George Craufurd, Esq., a banker who lived for an extended period in Rotterdam and whose younger brother, James, was British consul there and for a time a partner in the same banking firm. George Craufurd had a small but very choice collection of Dutch pictures which he apparently acquired both in the Netherlands and Paris."--Getty provenance index databases.
Getty provenance index databases, sale catalog Br-396
Lugt, F. Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques, 7075
Place of sale: London.
Date of sale: April 26th, 1806.
BAC: British Art Center copy is annotated with sale prices for all lots. Number 22 of 38 auction catalogs bound together. The volume bound in contemporary half calf; with the armorial bookplate of Baron Northwick; signed in manuscript: William Upcott, London Institution, 1823.
Subject Terms:
Art -- Private collections -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.
Art auctions -- England -- London -- Catalogs.
London Institution -- Ownership.
Northwick, John Rushout, Baron, 1770-1859 -- Bookplate.
Painting, European -- Catalogs.
Upcott, William, 1779-1845 -- Autograph.
Auction catalogs.
Smeeton, Joseph, printer.

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