CORNELIS VAN DER VOORT | PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, IN A BLACK DAMASK DRESS WITH A RUFF AND WHITE LACE HEAD-PIECE
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
CORNELIS VAN DER VOORT
Antwerp 1576 - 1624 Amsterdam
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, IN A BLACK DAMASK DRESS WITH A RUFF AND WHITE LACE HEAD-PIECE
oil on oak panel
unframed: 106.5 x 75.5 cm.; 42 x 29¾ in.
framed: 126 x 95.2 cm.; 49⅝ x 37½ in.
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The panel is cradled - it is formed of three vertical planks. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals retouching along the left most panel join; scattered throughout the background (most notably in the upper right and lower right corners), and a series of sensitively executed spot retouchings in the sitters face and ruff - and a handful in the darks of her dress.
In overall very nice condition with no further work required.
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Dr. Hans Wetzlar (1894 –1970), Amsterdam, 1952;
His posthumous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, 9 June 1977, lot 3;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 10 May 1994, lot 80.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 147.
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M.J. Friedländer, Collection Dr. H. Wetzlar, Amsterdam 1952, p. 22, cat. no. 97, reproduced fig. 97;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, p. 152, cat. no. 58, reproduced p. 153;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 132, cat. no. 147, reproduced in colour.
When catalouged by Max Friedländer in 1952 (see Literature), when this portrait was in the collection of Hans Wetzlar in Amsterdam, it was recorded as being signed by Cornelis van der Voort at the upper left.
By contrast with many other genres of painting produced for the booming open art market in The Netherlands in the 17th century, portraits were almost exclusively commissioned. Although we do not know the identity of the sitter in this work, it is clear from the rich, expensive black fabric of her dress, the fine lace of her head-piece, ruff and cuffs - not to mention her jewellery - that she enjoys some level of wealth and status. The ring on her left hand is displayed prominently, suggesting that she is soon to be, or is recently, married.