Gorinchem 1607 – 1681 Rotterdam
Animals in front of the Ark of Noah
Oil on panel : 42,6 X 53,5 cm
Signed and dated bottom left “C Saft leven 1660” (or maybe “1663”)
Period King Louis XIII wooden carved frame : 57,0 X 68,5 cm
- Sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam, 6/05/97 for 37.760 DG = 17.281 €
- Sold at Millon Paris, 24/06/05 for 18.000 € (+ buyer’s premium)
Our painting is recorded at the RKD The Hague under the number
Cornelis Saftleven was a versatile Dutch painter from Rotterdam. At the start of his career he spent a few years in Flanders, in Antwerp, where he must have seen paintings representing the Ark of Noah, which was a popular, typically Flemish, Catholic subject.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam holds preparatory drawings by Cornelis Saftleven for two of our animals.