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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Gerard ter Borch
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, FULL LENGTH, STANDING NEXT TO A TABLE WITH A HAT AND A WATCH
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 110,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Gerard ter Borch
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, FULL LENGTH, STANDING NEXT TO A TABLE WITH A HAT AND A WATCH
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 110,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Gerard ter Borch
ZWOLLE 1617 - 1681 DEVENTER
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, FULL LENGTH, STANDING NEXT TO A TABLE WITH A HAT AND A WATCH

Provenance

Prince Serge Koudacheff, St. Petersburg;
Arthur Kay, Edinburgh, 1895;
With F. Kleinberger, Paris;
L.J. Mandl, Wiesbaden, by 1910;
Anonymous sale (presumably consigned by Mandl or his widow), Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Cie, 10 July 1923, lot 130, presumably unsold;
Frau Mandl;
By whom sold, Amsterdam, 13 July 1926, lot 658 (for 6,000 Florins to Van Aalst);
Dr. C.J.K. van Aalst, Hoevelaken (1866-1939);
With Hans Cramer, The Hague, by 1966, from whom acquired by the present owner.

Exhibited

London, British Institution, 1895, no. 70, lent by Arthur Kay;
Wiesbaden, 1910, no. 72.

Literature

C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné..., vol. V, London 1912, p. 102, no. 331 (`Good in expression and of good artistic quality');
W.R. Valentiner and J.W. von Moltke, Dutch and Flemish Old Masters in the Collection of Dr. C. J. K. van Aalst, Verona 1939, p. 294, reproduced plate LXX;
S.J. Gudlaugsson, Katalog der Gemalde Gerard ter Borchs, vol. I, The Hague 1959, reproduced p. 376, no. 249, vol. II, The Hague 1960, pp. 220-221, no. 249, & p. 206, under no. 222;
The Burlington Magazine, vol. CVIII, no. 759 June 1966, supplement, Notable Works of Art now on the market, plate VII, text after page 338.

Catalogue Note

Gudlaugsson identified this portrait as one of two of the same anonymous sitter by Ter Borch.  The other portrait, dated 1668, is in the Kunsthaus, Zürich, and may have had a pendant of another unidentified male sitter, formerly in the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin, but destroyed in 1945.1  The sitter appears to be of approximately the same age in the present picture, which  Gudlaugsson however dates shortly after 1670, citing the form of the hat.2

It has been suggested that the sitter is the philosopher Spinoza, but this does not seem to be correct.

It is not known how the painting travelled from C.J.K van Aalst to Hans Cramer, but the latter handled the sale of a number of paintings from the Van Aalst collection on behalf of his family, and this may have been one of them.


1.  See Gudlaugsson under literature, vol. II, reproduced pp. 356-7, nos. 222-3, vol. II,, p. 206, nos. 222 & 223.
2.  Inexplicably, since the hat looks identical to the one in the 1668 portrait. 


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