Seascape with Ships and Figures
Oil on panel. 31 x 22 cm.
Signed lower centre: A. Storck (and indistinctly dated).
"Abraham Storck was one of the most well-known Dutch marine painters of the 17th century. He painted both fanciful southern harbour scenes with colourful figures as well scenes of daily life on the coast of his home country. At the time, Holland was one of the most important centres of international maritime trade. Life at sea and the myriad of ships and boats visiting Dutch shores inspired the painter to create countless cabinet pieces like the present work.
With a fine brush and observant eye, Storck depicts a bustling scene on the front of the beach with a horse drawn cart, dog, and gesticulating figures. In the mid-ground we see flag bearing ships and a boat carrying sailors to a distant three-master, whilst a further vessel brings others back to land. The ships sailing to and fro and disappearing into the horizon testify to the vitality and economic importance of Dutch overseas trade."
From an old German private collection.