Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
CHRISTOFFEL LUBIENIECKI | Portrait of an elegantly-dressed lady and her son in a landscape before a stone monument
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Stettin 1659 - 1729 Amsterdam
PORTRAIT OF AN ELEGANTLY-DRESSED LADY AND HER SON IN A LANDSCAPE BEFORE A STONE MONUMENT
signed and indistinctly dated lower right: CLubienietzky 16[...]
oil on canvas
unframed: 62.8 x 73.6 cm.; 24¾ x 29 in.
framed: 76.9 x 88 cm.; 30⅛ x 34⅝ in.
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The canvas is lined. The surface is somewhat dirty with a slightly discoloured varnish. There is a visible pattern of craquelure throughout, and the surface has been somewhat pressed in some areas from the relining process. Some discolored spots of retouching are visible here and there throughout, for example in the stone monument and urn at right, and there seems to have been attention paid to the urn in the background behind the boy. Inspection under UV reveals an opaque varnish. It also reveals retouches scattered throughout, such as in the lower left and right corners, as well as at the center of the upper margin. There is an old thin and vertical line of repair in the upper left sky. There are some scattered spots and strokes of retouching throughout figures' faces and costumes, for example in the lady's lower left costume and in the shadows beneath her chin. In overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, Cologne, Peretz, 12 October 1974 (as attributed to Michiel van Musscher; when advertised in Die Weltkunst, vol. 44, no. 18, 1974, p. 1402);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 11 December 1992, lot 286 (as Michiel van Musscher), where acquired.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits,
Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, pp. 90-93, cat. no. 32, reproduced in colour.
Christoffel Lubieniecki was born to a Polish family of painters, draughtsmen and soldiers, active in Germany and The Netherlands. Christoffel took drawing lessons while training as a soldier, before moving to Amsterdam in 1675, where he was taught to paint by Adriaen Backer. He gained recognition as a portraitist, working in the tradition of earlier 17th-century Dutch painting right up into the 18th century. The largest collection of his work is today in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.