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Sold Without Reserve | FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1636 | BROTHER ORONCE DE HONFLEUR (1596-1657)

Reserves

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

Property from the collection of Matthew Rutenberg, Sold Without Reserve

Sold Without Reserve | FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1636 | BROTHER ORONCE DE HONFLEUR (1596-1657)

Sold Without Reserve | FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1636 | BROTHER ORONCE DE HONFLEUR (1596-1657)

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

Lot sold:

3,750

USD

Property from the collection of Matthew Rutenberg, Sold Without Reserve

FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1636

BROTHER ORONCE DE HONFLEUR (1596-1657)


inscribed middle left: xp[ιστ]ε confix[us] sum cruci; inscribed upper right: F. Orontius Iuliobones/ 3.ii ord. Sti. Franc/Nativitatis suae an 40/ Religionis ver/23

oil on canvas, unlined, on original 17th century stretcher

canvas: 22⅛ by 19 in.; 56.2 by 48.3 cm.

framed: 27½ by 24 in.; 69.9 by 61 cm. 

The painting appears to be unlined and is stable on its original stretcher. The image reads well beneath an old and discolored varnish. There is a pattern of craquelure throughout, and there are some thin scratches to the varnish scattered here and there in the costume. Some areas, particularly in the darks, have thinned with age, but much of the detail elsewhere is still well preserved. A small loss is visible near the edge above the sitter's head, as well as in the lower left corner. There is an old small repair in the sleeve to the left of the lower cross. Inspection under UV reveals some more recent strokes of restoration in sitter's costume. Older retouching is faintly visible scattered in the costume, in his proper left cheek, and near some of the edges. The painting is offered in a simply carved and painted frame with a gilt liner. The canvas floats within the liner of the frame.


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Anonymous sale, London, Bonham's, 8 December 2006, lot 23 (as School of Lorraine, circa 1620);

There acquired. 

Brother Oronce de Honfleur (1596-1657) was a member of the Tertiary order of Franciscans in Normandy where he was the minister of Saint Ives. He wrote several religious treatises considered important enough to be included in the great Franciscan historian Luke Wadding’s list of important writers of the order (Scriptores Ordinis Minorem, 1650). He died in Paris in 1657 and was buried near the altar in the Franciscan church of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.