19th-Century Danish Folk Art

Villa In Strandvejen, Espergærde

19th-Century Danish Folk Art

Villa In Strandvejen, Espergærde

This charming 19th-century Danish oil painting depicts a villa on the coast at Espergærde in north Zealand, Denmark.

Standing rather proudly on elevated land, a splendid villa in a neoclassical style, perhaps inspired by the grand Palladian villas of the Italian Renaissance. It’s essentially moated by a river and accessible via a white wooden bridge. A glimpse of the sea is visible in the top right.

Probably commissioned by the family themselves, the artist has produced something akin to an architectural drawing, using a ruler to create crisp lines. The figures are particularly delightful and if you look closely you’ll notice a small leaping dog alongside a girl.

Espergærde became a popular destination for holidaymakers during the 1870s, with many deciding to settle. This, in turn, led to an increase in local trade and industry. There are several grand villas dotted along the coastal road but we’ve been unable to track down exactly where this one is. We’re currently contacting local museums.

Signed illegibly and dated in the lower right. Framed.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 34” x 23½” / 86cm x 60cm
Year of creation: 1876
Labels & Inscriptions: Title/date inscribed on reverse.
Provenance: Private collection, Denmark.
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. Areas of old restoration. Frame with some wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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