Art at Auction in 17th Century Amsterdam

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CHAPTER 24
A Collector Who Held On to His Purchase
for Over Fifty Years

Through his marriage connections, David van Baerle bridged the worlds of art dealing, overseas trade and statesmanship.829 One of his brother-in-laws was the merchant and presumed art dealer Paulus Bisschop, whose post-mortem sale will be summarized in this section; another was the secretary of Prince Frederik Hendrik and leading statesman of the age, Constantijn Huygens; a third was Everhard Becquer, a director of the chamber of the West Indies Company in Middelburg.

David van Baerle was a prosperous merchant who became a director of the West Indies Company in Amsterdam. He was the son of the merchant Jan van Baerle I, who freighted many ships bound for overseas destinations in the last decade of the 16th century and in the first years of the new. After the death of his father in 1605, he and the other heirs, including his brother Jan van Baerle II, invested–or had invested for them–14,400 f in the second subscription for V.O.C. shares of 1612.830 On 1 May 1625, he was living on the Keizersgracht when he was betrothed to Sara van Erp.831 After the death of Sara van Erp, he remarried with Rachel Godijn on 17 October 162 8.832 His sister Petronella married the merchant (and putative art dealer) Paulus Bisschop, at whose post-mortem David van Baerle bought important works of art. Sister Susanna married the famous statesman and poet Constantijn Huygens I. David van Baerle died in 1671. His death inventory included many attributed paintings, at least two of which, as we have already seen in Chapter 11, can be identified with works of art that he had bought at auction a half century earlier.

Paulus Bisschop was born in London, probably of South Netherlandish parents. He was still living in London on 18 August 1601 when he was betrothed to Elisabeth van der Moer. After the death of Elisabeth, he remarried with Petronella van Baerle (David’s sister) on 22 May 1615. He was buried on 10 September 1618.833 Petronella, in turn, remarried with Everhard Becquer, a director of the V.O.C. chamber in Middelburg.834

According to Jan Briels, Paulus Bisschop was a full-fledged art dealer.835 The sale of his possessions took place on 6 April 1620. The total came to f 6,193, of which f 1,225 consisted of works of art. The ratio of the value of works of art sold to the total amounted to nearly 20 percent. This high ratio suggests that at least some of the works of art were a part of his stock-in-trade, but it is also possible that he was an ardent collector. We already considered some of the paintings in this sale in our Chapter 11 on “Echoes”. We found two paintings in the Bisschop sale that could be

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