GOTTFRIED VON WEDIG | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN OF THE BEYWEGH FAMILY, HALF-LENGTH, AS A COUNCILLOR OF COLOGNE
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
GOTTFRIED VON WEDIG
Cologne 1583 - 1641
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN OF THE BEYWEGH FAMILY, HALF-LENGTH, AS A COUNCILLOR OF COLOGNE
signed and dated upper right: GDW F. 1637. (GD in ligature)
oil on oak panel, charged upper right with the coat of arms of the Beywegh family
unframed: 102.5 x 78.5 cm.; 40⅞ x 30⅞ in.
framed: 130 x 100 cm.; 51¼ x 39⅜ in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean with a clear varnish. There is a line of discoloured retouching along an old vertical split (8 in. from the left margin) which is visible to the naked eye. This is confirmed on inspection under ultra violet light - further fine lines and spot retouchings are also revealed, scattered throughout his black coat and the background. There are more concentrated areas of retouching in the lower part of the sitters beard, in his hair, and to the right of his cheek, and in his right cuff.
In overall fair condition no further restoration work necessary.
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Possibly in the collection of Fürst Karl Anton zu Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen;
W. Kaiser, Freiburg;
His sale, Fribourg, Galerie Stuker, 23 June – 2 July 1958, lot 1523;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Fischer, 16–20 June 1964, lot 1561;
Art market, Germany;
Hans Boxheimer, Monsheim, by 1973;
Anonymous sale ('Sold by order of the executors of a deceased estate'), London, Phillips, 7 December 1993, lot 215, when acquired.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan.
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H. Vey, 'Kölner Zeichnungen aus dem 16., 17. und 18. Jahrhundert' in Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, vol. 26, 1964, p. 85, footnote 39;
H. Vey, 'Nochmals Gottfried von Wedig, Augustin Braun und Everhard Jabach' in Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, vol. 35, 1973, pp. 266–68, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, p. 158–161, cat. no. 61, reproduced in colour.
At the time of the December 1993 sale, this portrait was described as a portrait of a gentleman, believed to be a Mayor of Cologne. It was accompanied by a certificate from Dr. Walther Bernt, dated 17 July 1964.