A woman at a casement window holding a spindle oil on copper 23 x 18.1cm (9 1/16 x 7 1/8in).
£3,000 - 5,000
3,500 - 5,800
US$ 4,500 - 7,500
A version of the present composition by Gerrit Dou, oil on panel, dated MDCLIII, 31 x 24 cm., is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The architecture of the casement, however, in the latter painting was added in the 18th century. Another signed (?) version; ex-Knoedler, has a frieze of putti playing with a ram, beneath the ledge of the casement window and a terracotta pot of poppies on a plank, bottom left. It may be, therefore, that the present copy shows the Dou in its purest and earliest form, without later embellishments.