Salomon Koninck

(1609 - Amsterdam - 1656)

A Scholar sharpening his Quill

Signed and dated, centre right, below the niche: SKONINCK 1639
(‘SK’ in ligature)
Oil on panel, 26⅜ x 20⅛ ins. (66.8 x 51.1 cm)


John Pemberton Heywood, Norris Green, Lancashire and Cloverly Hall, Shropshire
His sale, Christie's, London, 10 June 1893, lot 53 (378 gns.)
Hon. Mrs. Denham collection
With Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, by 1900
Adolphe Schloss (1842-1910), Paris, and by inheritance to his wife, Mathilde Haas (1858-1938), by whom bequeathed to her children
Maguerite, Lucien, Henry and Juliette Schloss, by whom stored for safekeeping at Château de Chambon, Laguenne, 20 August 1939
Seized by Vichy officials and German security agents at the Banque Jordaan, Château de Chambon, Laguenne, 16 April 1943 (Schloss 138); transferred to the Banque de France, Limoges, 24 April 1943; transferred to CCQJ headquarters, Paris, 11 August 1943, where it was earmarked for Hitler's planned museum in Linz (ERR no. Schloss 113)
Transported for storage to the Führerbau, Munich, from where stolen, April 1945
With Walter Andreas Hofer (1893-c. 1971), Munich, from whom acquired in 1952 by a private collector, and by descent in the family
Restituted to the heirs of Adolphe Schloss in 2019
Private collection, France, until 2022
Anon. sale, Christie’s, New York, 10 June 2022, Lot 7


llustrated Catalogue of the Sixth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, and English Schools, being a portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 1900, pp. 26-27, no. 20, illustrated
U. Thieme and F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, XXI, Leipzig, 1937, p. 275
Répertoire des biens spoliés en France durant la guerre 1939-1945, II, Berlin, 1947, p. 183, no. 4085, illustrated.
H. van de Waal, 'Rembrandt's Faust etching, a Socinian document and the iconography of the inspired scholar', Oud Holland, LXXIX, 1964, p. 47
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, III, Landau, 1983, pp. 1645, 1679, no. 1105, illustrated, with incorrect provenance
M. Hamon-Jugnet, Collection Schloss: Œuvres spoliées pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale non restituées (1943-1998), Paris, 1998, p. 99, with incorrect provenance