Dirck van Delen (Heusden circa 1605 - 1671 Arnemuden), the interior of a gothic cathedral, with numerous elegant figures, and women listening to a bible reading
signed and dated in the architecture upper left: D.V.DELEN. F Ao 1632. oil on copper. 20 by 24.7 cm.; 8 by 9 3/4 in. Estimate 60,000—80,000 GBP. Lot Sold 115,250 GBP
PROVENANCE: Private collection, England, since the nineteenth century, until acquired by Otto Naumann, New York;
With Robert Noortman, Maastricht & London, 2001, when acquired by the present collector.
NOTE: By the time he painted this picture, Van Delen had settled in Arnemuiden, near Middelburg in Zeeland, where he seems to have remained for the rest of his life. He specialized in architectural pictures which comprise his entire surviving oeuvre with the exception of a single flower piece. His small scale pictures are among his most successful works, and his refined technique is ideally suited to the copper support he has chosen here.
Sotheby's. Old Master Paintings. 03 Dec 08. London courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com