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Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH FUR COLLAR, HOLDING A LETTER; PORTRAIT OF HIS WIFE, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAPE WITH GOLD BELT, HOLDING A RED AND GOLD BEAD ROSARY
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
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THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH FUR COLLAR, HOLDING A LETTER; PORTRAIT OF HIS WIFE, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAPE WITH GOLD BELT, HOLDING A RED AND GOLD BEAD ROSARY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
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Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
WESEL OR COLOGNE 1493 - 1555 COLOGNE
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH FUR COLLAR, HOLDING A LETTER; PORTRAIT OF HIS WIFE, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAPE WITH GOLD BELT, HOLDING A RED AND GOLD BEAD ROSARY
Quantity: 2
the former inscribed with his age 49 and dated: ANNO 1533
the latter inscribed with her age 42 and dated: ANNO 1533
a pair, both oil on oak panel, framed as arches with the corners and margins made up
each: 33.4 x 24.2 cm.; 13 1/8  x 9 1/2  in.
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Provenance

The Hon. Mrs. Westenra;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 4 December 1964, lot 80, for 3,200 Guineas to Colnaghi (as Workshop of Barthel Bruyn);
With Colnaghi, London.

Catalogue Note

Bartholomäus Bruyn founded an important school of portraiture in Cologne, where there was previously no such tradition. He mainly painted the patricians of the city, but none of his portraits are signed, nor documented as his altarpieces are. These likenesses are typical of Bruyn's more stylised portraits, set against a bright, plain background, with attention to detail in the figures' accessories. The rosary held by the lady here appears in a number of other portraits by Bruyn, such as that dated 1531, recorded in the collection of Freiherr von Ketteler-Harkotten, Schloss Schwarzenraben.1

1 See H. Westhoff-Krummacher, Barthel Bruyn der Ältere als Bildnismaler, Munich 1965, p. 114, cat. no. 22, reproduced p. 115.

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