DUTCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1637 | PORTRAIT OF LUBEN [LUBBERT?] VAN ECK
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DUTCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1637
PORTRAIT OF LUBEN [LUBBERT?] VAN ECK
inscribed and dated upper right: ..ETATIS.../1637; and inscribed on the reverse of the panel: LUBEN VANECK BRO.t/TO ANNA VANECK.
oil on panel
panel: 33⅛ by 26 ¾ in.; 84.2 by 68 cm.
framed: 43 by 37 in.; 109.2 by 94 cm.
The panel is slightly beveled along the upper and left edge and consists of at least three uncradled boards that are stabilized with canvas strips. The boards have at least two joins that run vertically from the extreme edges. A fourth panel of half an inch appears to have been added as an extension at far right. The portrait presents a charming sitter that reads well, though some of the darker hues in the background have sunken. A pindot of loss is at bottom center. Some minor scratches are in the lower right corner, while very little abrasions are on the right edge at center, and along the bottom edge. Inspection under UV reveals some retouching to the joins and additional panel at right. Some thinly applied retouches are on the sitter's face scattered on his proper left cheek and the shadow it casts. Scattered retouches also fluoresce on the background, hands, and black gown. Painting can hang as is. Offered framed.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 23 July 1965, lot 135 (as "B. Cuyp"), for 550 Guineas to Dent.
This charming portrait was most likely painted by a master from Gelderland, a province in the central Eastern Netherlands from which few named painters are known. The name Luben is not of Dutch origin; it may instead be a variation of the name Lub[b]ert, a name found in some regions of the Netherlands in the 17th century. The Van Eck family is an old aristocratic one based in Gelderland, but no records of a Luben or Lubbert of the appropriate age (born c. 1623) survive.
We are grateful to Dr. Sabine Craft-Giepmans for her assistance in the cataloging of this lot.