Lot 514
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Old Masters, Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art Online | 19 december
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Dutch School (18th Century)

'De Tent van de Poolse Konstmeester. 1762'

titled (lower centre)

washed ink and watercolour on paper, unframed, 14,5x10,5 cm

Provenance:
-The I.Q. van Regteren Altena Collection, Christie's, Amsterdam, 10 December 2014, lot 9a, ill. (part of lot).

The inscription refers to Jan Jacob van Suyker, known in his day as the "Poolsche Konstmeester" (Polish Teacher of Arts), who between 1745 and 1768 advertised his show, depicted in the present drawing, in Dutch newspapers across the country. In his tent, Suyker performed magical tricks and displayed amazing musical instruments: from his 'Philosophise Pot' he could conjure up a full-grown tree in seconds, and by playing the keys of his 'Lire Muceum' he was able to mimic the sounds of a full orchestra, including strings and an organ. Suyker (and his appeal to outgoing youngsters) is mentioned in several books from the eighteenth century, such as J.W. Kanneman's Boekzaal der Heeren en Dames (1762-5) and N.F. Hoefnagel's Neerlandsch Echo (1770-1).

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€ 600,00

Startbod: € 300

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