DIRCK VAN DER LISSE | Portrait of a gentleman; and Portrait of a lady
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
DIRCK VAN DER LISSE
The Hague 1607 - 1669
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN; AND PORTRAIT OF A LADY
the latter indistinctly signed with monogram lower left: DVL
a pair, both oil on copper, oval, framed as one
each unframed: 16 x 12.3 cm.; 6¼ x 4⅞ in.
framed: 33.6 x 39.5 cm.; 13¼ x 15½ in.
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The copper plates are flat and stable. The paint surfaces are relatively clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under UV light reveals the opaque varnish beneath which it is possible to discern very small sparsely scattered retouchings in the background of both. The sitters themselves would appear to remain largely untouched. There is a fine line of retouching to a short diagonal scratch in the gentleman's forehead (about 0.5 cm) and a few pin prick spots to both facees. In overall very good condition.
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Willem M.J. Russell, Amsterdam;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria, by 1981;
His posthumous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby’s, 16 November 1993, lot 37 (as Attributed to Lundens), where acquired.
L.J. Bol and G. Keyes, Netherlandish Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of F.C. Butôt, London 1981, p. 254, cat. no. 110, both reproduced (as Dirck van der Lisse?);
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, pp. 94-95, cat. nos 33 and 34, both reproduced in colour (as attributed to Gerrit Lundens);
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 123, cat. nos 132 and 133, reproduced in colour (as Gerrit Lundens).
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, nos 132 and 133 (as Gerrit Lundens).
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This high-quality pair of portraits was formerly attributed to Gerrit Lundens, due to S.J. Gudlaugsson's reading of the monogram as 'GL', when the works appeared in Frans C. Butôt's posthumous sale in 1993. The works are, however, convincingly attributable to Dirck van der Lisse, whose monogram reads 'DVL', and with whose small oval portraits on copper in the Royal Collection (also signed 'DVL'),1 and the Fondation Custodia, Paris,2 they may be favourably compared.