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FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK | Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox (1560-1640), bust-length, in a white ruff and fur mantle

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Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from a Swiss Private Collection

FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK | Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox (1560-1640), bust-length, in a white ruff and fur mantle

FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK | Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox (1560-1640), bust-length, in a white ruff and fur mantle

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

60,000

GBP

Property from a Swiss Private Collection

FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK

PORTRAIT OF NICOLAAS ROCKOX (1560-1640), BUST-LENGTH, IN A WHITE RUFF AND FUR MANTLE


oil on oak panel, the reverse branded with the mark of the City of Antwerp Panel Makers' Guild and the maker's mark of Ambrosius Engelants

unframed: 64 x 50 cm.; 25 ¼ x 19¾ in.

framed: 76 x 67 cm.; 29 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.


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The oak panel, formed of three planks and marked in the centre with the Antwerp panel-makers' guild, is stable and almost flat, with an imperceptible convex curve. The right hand edge is uneven, and may have lost a few mm. The painted surface which sits under a layer of old varnish appears to be in good condition, with very little retouching visible under ultra-violet light, apart from a repair to a small scratch lower centre in the fur collar of the sitter. To the naked eye there appear to be some old retouching along the upper third of the right hand panel, where there seems to be a history of lifting paint, though limited to the join itself. This and the old scratch would benefit from attention, perhaps combined with a light clean. While the simple ebony frame may well be period, and does not support the panel well, nor do the clips that hold it in place. Removal of the superfluous glass would help.


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Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner.

A contemporary derivation from the three-quarter-length portrait of 1620-21 by Van Dyck today in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.1 Rockox was burgomaster of Antwerp nine times and one of the most influential people in the city, and the outstanding art collector and patron of his generation. He was a particular friend of Rubens, from whom he commissioned several important works, both public and private, notably the great Samson and Delilah in the National Gallery, London, as well as the young Van Dyck. Another head and shoulders version of this portrait of Rockox by Van Dyck's pupil Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert is in the Museum Maagdenhuis in Antwerp.2


1 https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/01.%20paintings/48355/

2 See Bezoekersgids Maagdenhuismuseum, digital publication 2016, p. 26, cat. no. 141, reproduced p. 28: https://www.maagdenhuis.be/sites/default/files/pdf/Catalogus%20Maagdenhuis%20museum.pdf


For more information on the panel maker Ambrosius Engelants, please see: http://jordaensvandyck.org/antwerp-panel-makers-and-their-marks/#engelants