ARNOLD BOONEN | PORTRAIT OF THE GEELVINCK CHILDREN: NICOLAAS (1706-1764), CORNELIS (1705 - ?) AND CATHARINA JACOBA GEELVINCK (1710-1759)
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
(Dordrecht 1669 - 1729 Amsterdam)
PORTRAIT OF THE GEELVINCK CHILDREN: NICOLAAS (1706-1764), CORNELIS (1705 - ?) AND CATHARINA JACOBA GEELVINCK (1710-1759)
signed and dated lower left: Boonen 1716
oil on canvas
20¾ by 15¾ in.; 52.7 by 40 cm.
The canvas is tightly relined and stable on its stretcher. An elegant portrait image reads very well beneath a clear varnish with texture and details retained. A very fine web of craquelure is present throughout and is stable. Tiny dots of frame abrasion are visible at the upper left corner and at the upper right edge, but no other areas of loss are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, an older campaign of retouching to the trees in the background and possible to the central child’s cheek is visible, but the newest retouches are limited to a thin line beneath each child’s chin. The painting is in overall very good condition and can hang in its current state. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Collection of a nobleman;
His sale, London, Christie's, 4 May 1979, lot 21;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 17 April 1986, lot 63;
This charming portrait depicts Nicolaas (1706-1764), Cornelis (1705 - ?) and Catharina Jacoba Geelvinck (1710-1759), the three youngest children of Lieve Geelvinck and his first wife, Agatha Theodora van Bambeeck. Boonen had painted the pendant portrait of their 3 older children a few years earlier. Nicolaas would follow in his father's footsteps to become lord of a country estate and mayor of Amsterdam in 1747, and Catharina Jacoba was later renowned for her beauty. The rug, parrot, and fruits suggest the Geelvinck family's wealth, and the parrot additionally signifies that children mimic their elders. A student of Godfried Schalcken, Arnold Boonen excelled at portraiture and depicted important political figures of his day, including the Prince and Princess of Orange and Peter the Great of Russia.