Lot 103
  • 103

Godfried Schalcken

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Godfried Schalcken
  • portrait of a man, head and shoulders, wearing a blue embroidered shirt with a red sash;
    portrait of a girl, head and shoulders, wearing a brown shirt with a blue sash
  • the former signed with initials lower right: G.S.
    the latter signed with initials centre right: G.S.
  • a pair, both oil on copper, oval


Private Collection, Wassenaer;
From which acquired by Saam and Lily Nijstad before 1995.

Catalogue Note

Schalcken's pendant portraits are often ovals, and as well as larger works on canvas, he painted several small bust-length and smaller portraits on oval coppers.  Of these, Behermann dates the smaller pair of Martijn and Gesina Goris to the 1670s, and to the same decade the single portrait of an unidentified man on a copper of similar dimensions as the Nijstad pair.1  Schalcken continued to paint similar works until the early 18th Century, but on grounds of style and costume the present pair probably also date from the late 1670s.

1.  Both whereabouts unknown; see T. Behermann, Godfried Schalcken, Brussels 1988, pp. 168-9, no.s 69 & 70, both reproduced, and p. 202, no. 102, reproduced.