Johannes Rosierse (Dutch, 1818-1901)

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Johannes Rosierse (Dutch, 1818-1901)

A Woman Preparing a Meal by Candlelight

Oil on Panel

  • Signed 'J Rosierse fecit' upper right.
  • Provenance; Christie's London.  With old Christie's stencil '295SA' verso.
  • Similar listed to $96,000.00 USD at auction.
  • Painting - 37cm x 29.5cm
  • Frame - 60cm x 53cm 

Lot Notes

A very fine oil painting on panel depicting a woman preparing a meal in a candlelit interior by Johannes Rosierse.  The painting has a good provenance having previously been with Christie's and with an old Christie's auction stencil verso.  Signed upper right.


In very fine condition.  The panel not warped, split or repaired.  Clean, highly attractive, well framed and ready to hang.  Presented in what is presumably its original 19th century frame, the frame with wear and other imperfections.  Please note the frame has a giltwood viewing door which has been removed for photography but will be put back in place before shipping, the viewing door with some peripheral chips and with no key or glass.

Artist Information

Johannes Rosierse was born in Dordrecht, 11th September 1818, coincidentally close to the home of Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706), the prime exponent of candlelit paintings and nocturnal scenes of the seventeenth century.  Rosierse as a youth was apprenticed to a shoemaker before becoming a pupil of the artist, Michael Versteeg (1746-1843). He was a painter of figures, interiors and market scenes, but it is as a painter of these subjects by lamplight or candlelight that he is renowned. He is likely to have seen and studied the work of Schalcken in Dordrecht and so to have adopted this genre. Rosierse worked and exhibited in Amsterdam, Groningen and The Hague, and briefly in Leeuwarden in 1855.  His works can be found in museums in: Dordrecht; Leeuwarden; Montpelier and Rotterdam.