Lot 9
  • 9

Jacob Jordaens

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
103,250 GBP
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  • Jacob, the elder Jordaens
  • Self-portrait as a Bagpipe player
  • oil on canvas
  • 81.5 by 61.2 cm.; 32 1/8 by 24 1/8 in.


Fernand Stuyck, Antwerp;
His sale, Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 7-8 December 1960, lot 68;
Bought by the present owner on the advice of R.-A. d'Hulst before 1978.


Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Jordaens in Belgisch bezit, 1978, no. 18;
Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Rubens and his Time (title in Japanese),1982, no. 16;
Taichung,Taiwan Museum of Art,  The Golden Age of  Flemish Painting, 1988, no.38;
Antwerp, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), 27 March-27 June 1993, no. A 63.


M. Vandenven, Jordaens in Belgisch bezit, exhibition catalogue, Antwerp, 1978, p. 55, no. 18, reproduced;
R.-A. d'Hulst, `Jordaens Drawings: Supplement I', in Master Drawings, vol. XVIII, no. 4, Winter 1980, p. 366, under no. A193a;
R.-A. d'Hulst,  Jacob Jordaens, London 1982, p. 181, reproduced p. 185, fig. 153;
A. Balis, in The Golden Age of Flemish Painting, exhibition catalogue, Taichung 1988, p. 109, no. 38, reproduced;
M. Vandenven, in R.-A. d'Hulst, N. de Poorter & M. Vandenven, Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), exhibition catalogue, Antwerp 1993, p. 202, no. A63, reproduced facing page.


Catalogue Note

This self-portrait, depicting the painter at the age of about fifty, playing the Flemish pipes (doedelsack), is generally dated circa 1640-45.  His features can easily be recognised, since we have a good idea of what he looked like from a number of painted, drawn and engraved portraits, including the self-portrait showing him at a slightly younger age (painted circa 1640) in Munich, Alte Pinakothek.1

Jordaens incorporated his likeness in this picture and in another of similar date depicting three musicians in which he is flanked by two younger pipers, formerly in the collection of Lord Yarborough (where it was seen by Waagen in the mid-19th Century).  A studio version of the ex-Yarborough picture, extended to the right so that the musicians accompanied by other figures are serenading a lady at a window, was formerly on the London art market.3

1.  See Vandenven, 1993, p. 242, no. A78, reproduced facing page.
2.  See Vandenven, 1993, p. 202, fig. A63a.
3.  See D'Hulst, 1980, pp. 366-7, under no. 193a, reproduced fig. 6.