WORKSHOP OF SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS
Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp
THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS
oil on panel, a red wax seal on the reverse bearing the Trevor-Roper Curzon coat-of-arms
unframed: 48.2 x 63 cm.; 19 x 24¾ in.
framed: 56.4 x 71.4 cm.; 22¼ x 28⅛ in.
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The panel is cradled and flat - it is impossible to fully inspect the reverse due to the current framing. The paint surface is clean with a clear varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals extensive retouching to the figures of Paris and Mercury, to Alecto in the sky upper centre, and to 3 or 4 areas in the back of the central goddess. There are other scattered retouchings in the background, such as in the neck of the peacock, and in the ground to its right; in the sheep; and in the arm and background above the left-most goddess. In overall fair condition and ready to hang in its current state.
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Possibly William George Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham (1815–1882), 1868;
Trevor-Roper Curzon, Baron Teynham collection (their red wax seal on the reverse);
With Georges Wildenstein, New York;
By whom sold, Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 10 December 1959, lot 90 (as workshop of Rubens);
Dr Hans Wendland, Paris, 1964;
Heinz Kisters, Kreuzlingen;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Fischer, 12 June 1970, lot 508 (as Rubens);
Private collection, Zurich, 1989;
Anonymous sale, New York State, Stair Galleries Auctioneers, 27 April 2019, lot 466 (as after Rubens), where acquired.
Possibly M. Rooses, L'œuvre de P.P. Rubens, Antwerp 1890, vol. III, p. 143 (as exhibited in Leeds, 1868);
G. Martin, The Flemish School 1600–1900, London 1970, p. 157;
J. Müller Hofstede, "Stolidi Iudicium Paridis": Zur Ikonologie des Parisurteils bei Peter
Paul Rubens, in 'Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch', vol. 50, 1989, p. 183, reproduced fig. 14 (as Rubens, circa 1630–35);
L. Kopp, Das Urteil des Paris. Eine ikonologiesche Untersuchung des Paris-Mythos in
den Niederlanden des 17. Jahrunderts, Karlsruhe 2017, pp. 369–70, cat. no. 117b (as
workshop of Rubens).
Possibly Leeds, National Exhibition of Works of Art, 1868, no. 820 (lent by Lord Chesham).