Lot 104
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Michiel van Musscher

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Michiel van Musscher
  • Portrait of Sybrandt Oosterling, head and shoulders, wearing a blue cloak and white lace kerchief;
    Portrait of Anna Verbie (or Virbie), head and shoulders, wearing a brown dress

  • both signed and dated lower centre: MichL.v.Musscher. Pinxit/ ANNO. 1694.  

  • a pair, both, oil on canvas, in feigned marble ovals

Provenance

The Remonstrantse Kerk, Amsterdam, until 1997;
With Roëll Antiek, Leersum, The Netherlands, 1997;
From whom purchased by Saam and Lily Nijstad.

Literature

E.W. Moes, Iconographia Batava: beredeneerde lijst van geschilderde en gebeeldhouwde portretten van Noord-Nederlanders in vorige eeuwen, Amsterdam 1897, p. 165, cat. no. 5577 and p. 516, cat. no. 8354 respectively.

Catalogue Note

The sitters are identified by old labels transferred to the reverses of the lined canvases.

Sijbrand Oosterling was buried in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam on 17th March 1708 (according to the Amsterdam Municipal Archives online database: NL-SAA-1191823).  The pendant presumably portrays his wife, but no record of Anna Verbie, Virbie, or Anna Oosterling has yet been found.   We are grateful to Dr Robert Gerhardt for his help in cataloguing this pair of portraits.
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