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BERNARD LENS, III | Portrait of John Lens, brother of the artist

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Estimate:

1,500 - 2,000 GBP

BERNARD LENS, III | Portrait of John Lens, brother of the artist

BERNARD LENS, III | Portrait of John Lens, brother of the artist

Estimate:

1,500 - 2,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,625

GBP

BERNARD LENS, III

London 1682 - 1740

PORTRAIT OF JOHN LENS, BROTHER OF THE ARTIST


Watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gold on ivory, gilt-metal frame, blue glass reverse;

remnants of the artist's monogram lower left; the reverse inscribed: John Lens AE[tatis] 24 gunner / ... / Lens At[atis] 26 fecit / March ye 24 1708

10.3 by 7.9 cm., 4 by 3⅛ in.


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Some water damage between 8 and 11 o'clock. Light retouching of sky in margin between 11 and 12, and further 2 o'clock. This is a very early example of the use of ivory in British miniature painting.


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This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby's assist with the international movement of ivory by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby's shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 25 May 1964, lot 10;

Edward Grosvenor Paine (d. 1989), New Orleans;

his sale, London, Christie's, 12 October 1982, lot 49

D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, London, 1972, vol. I, p. 379;

D. Foskett, Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide, Woodbridge, 1987, p. 588