PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION FORMED BY WILHELM CASPAR ESCHER (1859 - 1929)
An almost literal but slightly larger copy of the present painting by the little-known Antwerp painter Thomas Mertens which was signed and dated 1666 was formerly in the collection of Henry H. Weldon in New York, and sold New York, Sotheby's, 22 April 2015, lot 11 (fig. 1). Another anonymous copy was sold London, Christie's, 12 December 2003, lot 84.
Unusually, it is not known where and when Wilhelm Caspar Escher acquired this panel, but it is most likely that it was bought in the 1920s when he seems to have purchased many of his paintings.
1 Canvas, 35.4 by 53.8 cm. See S. Segal in the exhibition catalogue, Jan Davidsz. de Heem und sein Kreis, Braunschweig, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, 1991, no. 13.
2 Inv. 2090, canvas, 49 by 64 cm. See M. Diaz Padrón, Museo del Prado. Catalogo de Pinturas. Escuela Flamenca Siglo XVII, Madrid 1975, vol. I, p. 154, no. 2090 and vol. II, p. 108, reproduced.
3 Panel, 24.3 by 34 cm. Sold London, Christie's, 10 December 1993, lot 12 (£220,000)
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