It’s another twist on the discovery story but this time the works were held in a Dutch cupboard for a century or more. And instead of finding a renowned master’s work, the family found that they owned the work of an overlooked and under-appreciated Old Master. Here’s what happened: A Dutch family found two old still life paintings in a cupboard. Naturally, they were curious to see if the works had any value. So they called Sotheby’s in Amsterdam, and described them to an expert. The expert was quick witted enough, or the description was good enough, that she immediately made an appointment to go and see the works. There she was able to confirm that they are by Adriaen Coorte (circa 1665 – after 1707) and each is estimated at €100,000 to 150,000. They will be auctioned in Amsterdam on December 1st.
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