PROPERTY FROM THE GUSTAV RAU COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT THE GERMAN COMMITTEE FOR UNICEF
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).
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