Lot 1
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Attributed to Adam van Noort

6,000 - 8,000 USD
6,250 USD
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  • Adam van Noort
  • An elegant couple in an interior, admiring a painting
  • Pen and brown ink and wash


Charles Gasc, Paris (L.543);
Louis de Gassi, Paris (L.1729);
bears another unidentified and truncated collector's mark, lower left

Catalogue Note

The attribution to Rubens's teacher Adam van Noort was kindly suggested by Ger Luijten.  Relatively few drawings by Van Noort are known, but the pivotal sheet in Rotterdam representing Minerva instructing Pictura, which is signed and dated 1598, shows considerable similarities of handling and facial types.1  A connection can also be made with a print by Gillis van Breen after Van Noort, which shows a very similar, elegant young couple walking through a landscape.2

1. Rotterdam, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, inv. MB 1767; see Bosch to Bloemaert, Early Netherlandish Drawings in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, exh. cat., Paris, Fondation Custodia, Rotterdam & Washington D.C., 2014-15, no. 64
2. F.W.H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts c.1450-1700, vol. III, Amsterdam 1950, p. 204, no. 82