Corneille de Lyon
- Corneille de Lyon
- Portrait of a lady, said to be Marie de Batarny, half length, wearing black with white sleeves and a black bonnet
- oil on panel, in a tabernacle frame
- 19.2 x 14.7cm
Thence by descent to George Irby, 6th Baron Boston (1860-1941), Hedsor Lodge, Buckinghamshire;
Marcus Kappel, Berlin, by 1910;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 23 March 1973, lot 66, for £11,000;
Bequeathed by Dr. Rau to the Foundation of the German Committee for UNICEF.
A. Dubois de Groër, Corneille de la Haye dit Corneille de Lyon, Paris 1996, pp. 223-224, cat. no. 142, reproduced.
Marcus Kappel (1839-191) was a wealthy German banker and businessman and a considerable collector and patron of the arts. Having made his fortune in the grain trade, he then built his collection with the advice of Wilhelm von Bode, concentrating on Dutch and Flemish 17th century works and the work of the 19th century painter Adolph Menzel. The collection was displayed in his house 'Oberlichtsaal' in the Tiergartenstrasse in Berlin, where it was hung by Von Bode himself along the lines of the new Berlin Museum. The paintings numbered works by or attributed to Pieter Claesz., Willem Claesz. Heda, Gerrit Dou, Adriaen van Ostade, Jan Steen (three examples) and Simon de Vlieger, including, for example, Gabriel Metsu's Girl holding an apple of 1661-3 (Metropolitan Museum, New York) and Rubens' oil sketch of The Family of Rubens (Philadelphia, John G. Johnson Collection).
1. Dubois de Groër, op. cit., 1996, pp. 181-182, cat. nos. 80 and 80A, reproduced. The New York panel measures 16.5 x 14.5 cm., and that in Houston 17.8 x 14.4 cm.
2. Idem.,pp. 140-141, cat. nos. 140, 141 and 141A, reproduced. The two Houston panels measure 16.7 x 13.8 cm. and 16.7 x 13.7 cm. respectively, and that in Antwerp 16.5 x 13.9 cm. The author notes however that the likeness of the Comtesse does not fit well with a portrait drawing supposedly of the same sitter in the Hermitage (cf. L. Dimier, Histoire de la peinture de portrait en France au XVI siècle, Paris 1924-26, vol. III, p. 62, no. 42).