ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Sold:5,625USD
(30 bids, reserve met)

Lot Details

Description

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE


ATTRIBUTED TO LODEWIJK VAN DER HELST

Amsterdam 1642 - after 1683

PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT, IN A WHITE RUFF


bears signature lower left: B. vander. helst.f.

oil on panel

panel: 28 ½ by 23 in.; 72.4 by 58.4 cm.

framed: 35¾ by 30½ in.; 90.8 by 77.5 cm.

Condition Report

The panel consists of three boards with two vertical joins that run from top to bottom at about 5 in. from the extreme edges. The portrait shows a striking sitter that reads well although the paint surface has thinned, like in the black costume she wears. Inspection under UV reveals some thin, well applied lines of retouching scattered throughout, mostly concentrated in the white ruff and dark costume. These are barely visible to the naked eye, unlike a line of inpainting addressing a crack by the join at upper left. The painting can hang as is. Offered in an ebonized wood frame with a gold lining.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 10 March 1950, lot 49 (as “B. van der Helst”);

Private collection, Los Angeles, by 1976;

With Lane Fine Art, London;

From whom acquired.


Literature

J. van Ghent, Bartholomeus van der Helst (circa 1613-1670): een studie naar zijn leven en zijn werk, Zwolle 2011, p. 355, cat. no. A30, reproduced (under rejected attributions).

Catalogue Note

Lodewijck van der Helst trained with his father, Bartholomeus van der Helst, whose influence is recognizable in this painting. It is likely that the picture was originally signed L. vander. helst.f. and then later amended to read B [1].


1. A test conducted by an outside restorer confirmed the signature is from the 17th century.

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Online bidding closed30 Oct 2019 | 05:11 PM GMT