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Lot 291

A Dutch verre églomisé picture, by Jonas Zeuner, Dutch, 1727-1814, c.1790, depicting a country...

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Lot 291

A Dutch verre églomisé picture, by Jonas Zeuner, Dutch, 1727-1814, c.1790, depicting a country...

Price Realised: £5,720

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 291


A Dutch verre églomisé picture, by Jonas Zeuner, Dutch, 1727-1814, c.1790, depicting a country scene of a farmer’s wife discovering lovers in a barn, signed to the border lower right, Zeuner inv:, upper rim with losses, in an ebonised wood frame, 26 x 24cm

Christie’s, London, 5 April 1983, lot 176, £594; 
With Asprey & Co, 165-169 New Bond St, London, where purchased on the 1 February 1985.


Note: Jonas Zeuner was born in Kassel and settled in Amsterdam around 1750 although his first recorded work dates from after 1770.  He is celebrated for his gold pictures, perfecting techniques for engraving gold and silver leaf, his jewel-like pictures being greatly admired in fashionable Dutch circles.  Zeuner’s oeuvre consists mainly of town views of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht and Groningen, often based on engravings by contemporary artists such as Jan de Beyer (1703-1780), Simon Fokke (1712-1784) and Wiebrand Hendriks (1744-1831).  The present lot is more unusual being a genre scene.

Zeuner employed a technique called verre églomis, also known as reverse glass painting, to create these pictures .  He would apply gold and silver leaf to the back of a transparent glass panel, and then etch his design using a fine needle.  To protect the design, he would then apply a layer of pigment over gold.

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