Lot 174
  • 174

North German School, probably Hamburg,1556

8,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • Portrait of a Gentleman
  • dated upper right 1556 and inscribed AETATIS SVAE XL; charged with a coat-of-arms
  • oil on panel

Catalogue Note

Although the elaborate armorial shield in the upper right corner has not given any clue in identifying the name or family lineage of this sitter, his fine costume of velvet and fur, his stature, and his seven gold rings (one, a signet ring stamped with the same armorial shield as above), would suggest that he was a wealthy merchant of considerable means.