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Two newly discovered still lifes by Adriaen Coorte will be auctioned in December

Information form Dutch newspaper NRC, 21 September 2009

This morning Sotheby’s announced the discovery of two works by the late 17th-century Dutch still life specialist Adriaen Coorte. The works are from the property of a Dutch family and were recently found in a closet, which prompted the owner to as Sotheby’s “if they had any worth”. It was established they were by Coorte and the paintings were estimated to be worth 100,000-150,000 euro a piece. They will be auctioned 1 December in Amsterdam.

One of the paintings shows an earthenware bowl with strawberries on a stone ledge, the other shows three peaches on a similar ledge. Coorte specialized in this kind of small-scale, elegant still lifes, often featuring fruit or shells.

Until now, 64 paintings by Coorte were known. Quentin Buvelot, who organized the Coorte-exhibition in the Mauritshuis in the Hague last year, will write an article on the two finds and a painting by Coorte he found recently himself.