Studio of Willem van de Velde II (Leiden 1633-1707 Greenwich)
A kaag and a smalschip at anchor in a calm bears initials 'WVV' (lower right) oil on panel 26.3 x 38cm (10 3/8 x 14 15/16in). unframed
PROVENANCE: Probably the Collection of James Fenton Esq., Norton Hall, Gloucestershire, 1880 (according to a label on the reverse) Probably 'A Calm - W. Vande Velde' sold at Christie's, London, February 1880, the Property of James Fenton, Norton Hall, Gloucestershire (Redford's Art Sales, vol. I, p. 307) With Max Koetser, London With Rupert Preston Gallery, London, May 1966 Where purchased by the present owner
LITERATURE: M. S. Robinson, The Paintings of the Willem van de Veldes, (London, 1990), vol. I, p. 395, cat. no. 573, ill. pl. 573
Robinson believed that unless the present painting is a very early, heavily restored work by Van de Velde the Younger, it must be an 18th century studio picture with a copied signature (op. cit. p. 395).