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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT M. EDSEL

Gerard Seghers
THE ANNUNCIATION
Estimate
80,000120,000
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77

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT M. EDSEL

Gerard Seghers
THE ANNUNCIATION
Estimate
80,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Gerard Seghers
ANTWERP 1591 - 1651
THE ANNUNCIATION

Provenance

With Stanley Moss & Co., Inc., New York;
From whom acquired by the present collector.

Catalogue Note

This Annunciation can be dated to the early 1620s, following Seghers’s return to Antwerp from Italy, and is the only known painting on copper by him of this subject.  Two other versions of this composition are known:  a large oil on canvas (119.5 by 206.5 cm.) sold recently at Lempertz, Cologne and another smaller oil on canvas (42.5 by 59 cm.) with Galerie Alexis Bordes, Paris.1

The large version sold in Cologne bears the arms of Anton Triest (1576-1657), Bishop of Bruges (1616-1622) and Ghent (1622-1657), for whom Seghers painted several works.  That picture is thought to have been commissioned either for the Jesuit Church of St. Michael in Kortrijk or for the Jesuits in Antwerp or the nearby city of Lier for whom Seghers, according to old inventories, painted a canvas of the Annunciation of similar format.2

This intimate version on copper, however, was almost certainly intended for private use.  The naturalism of the figures and the use of strong chiaroscuro reflects the influence of Caravaggio and his followers on Seghers’s style following his stay in Rome between 1611-1617.  Also characteristic of Seghers’s style during this period are his use of deep, luminous colors, the softness of the contours and delicate gestures of the figures.

We are grateful to Dr. Anne Delvingt for confirming this Annunciation on copper to be a work by Gerard Seghers, dateable to the early 1620s.  It will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the works of Seghers.  A written report by Dr. Delvingt on the present painting accompanies this lot.

 

 

 

 

1.  The first painting sold Cologne, Lempertz, 16 November 2013, lot 1228; the second see Galerie Alexis Bordes, Tableaux anciens et sculptures, Paris 2014, cat. no. 6, reproduced.
2.  Information provided by Anne Delvingt:  circa 147 by 232.5 cm., Catalogue des tableaux déposés au collège d’Anvers. Savoir ceux dudit collège, de la Maison Professe, du Convict et du collège de Lierre, auction in Antwerp, 20 May 1777, lot 364.

Master Paintings: Part I

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