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539

Sir Anthony van Dyck

The Virgin and Child

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 USD

Sir Anthony van Dyck

Sir Anthony van Dyck

The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 USD

Lot sold:

504,000

USD

Sir Anthony van Dyck

Antwerp 1599 - 1641 London

The Virgin and Child


inscribed with painted inventory number, lower left: N 47.

oil on canvas, in its original Italian carved and gilded seventeenth-century frame

canvas: 49 by 44 5/8 in.; 124.5 by 113.3 cm.

framed: 58 5/8 by 53 1/8 in.; 149 by 135 cm. 

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This painting has recently been lined. There may be an original join to the canvas running down the right side through the hair of the child, and an additional join running on the left side about 2 inches to the left of the right toe of the child.


The varnish is glossy but complementary to the picture. Retouches are clearly visible under ultraviolet light. There are fine retouches applied extensively in the blue fabric on both sides of the picture. There are only isolated spots of retouching in the red dress of the Madonna. Some thinness and cracking has been retouched beneath and in the right hand of the Madonna. Some cracking has been retouched beneath the Madonna's ear and in her neck. There is retouching in the white sheet beneath the child. In the body of the Child, there are retouches, mainly address some cracking, which are more concentrated in his left calf. Some weakness in the dark background has been retouched.


The painting looks well and should be hung in its current state.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

We are grateful to the Detroit Institute of Arts for confirming that the painting was with Howard Young by 1920, from whom it was bought by William A. Fisher, who later bequeathed it to the museum.

English Royal Collection, removed by King William III (1650–1702) for the Palace of Het Loo, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, before 1702;

At Het Loo until 1713; recorded in the valuation, 6–7 December 1712, as hanging in the great gallery, no. 87 (as Rubens); in the list by Robert du Val, 1713, with inventory number ‘N 47’ (as Van Dyck); and in the estate inventory, 8 April 1713, as hanging in the picture gallery, no. 856 (as Van Dyck);

Sold privately in August 1713 by Jan van Beuningen to an unknown person for 800 guilders;

Count Alessandro Contini, Rome (as Van Dyck);

With Howard Young, New York, 1920 (as Van Dyck);

William A. Fisher, Detroit (as Van Dyck), bequeathed by him and his wife to

The Detroit Institute of Arts (F60.5), from 1960 until 2002, when deaccessioned;

New York, Christie's (‘Property of the Detroit Institute of Arts, sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund’), 25 January 2002, lot 9 (as studio of Sir Anthony van Dyck);

Private collection, Ireland;

From whom acquired by the present owner.

Stanhope's list (‘Liste des Tableaux qui ont été envoyés en Hollande’/ ‘A List of the Pictures which were carried to Holland’), 1702, no. 12: ‘Une Madona dans un paysage de l'Ecole de Bologne’ (‘A Virgin in a landscape, school of Bologna’);
Valuation list, Het Loo (‘Liste van de schilderijen op het Loo in 't konstcabinet en galderije gevonde’/ ‘List of paintings found in the art cabinet and galleries at Het Loo’), 6–7 December 1712, no. 87, as hanging in the great gallery: ‘Lievevrouw met het Kintje, Rubens’ (‘The blessed Virgin with the Christ Child, Rubens’), estimate: f 600/ 700;
Du Val's list (‘Schilderijen die volgens het zeggen van den kunst bewaerder du Val door hare Majt de Coninginne van groot Brittannien zyn gereclameert geworden als tot de Croon behorende’/ ‘Paintings which, according to information of curator du Val, have been claimed by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain as Crown property’), 1713, no. N 47 (26): ‘Een Lieve vrouw met een kint door van Dyck’ (‘A blessed Virgin and Child by Van Dyck’);
Estate inventory of Het Loo, 8 April 1713, no. 856, as hanging in the picture gallery: ‘De maegt Maria met het kindeke Jesus door Van Dijck’ (‘The Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus by Van Dyck’);
Brief description of the sold, unsold and inherited paintings of Het Loo, n.d. [shortly after 26 July 1713], Letter C [?]: [f 1000] ‘Een Lieve vrouw met een kind door van Dyk’ (‘A Virgin Mary with a child by Van Dyck’);
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the King's Pictures, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1946–47, p. 104, under no. 292 (in a list of other versions);
O. Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Collection of her Majesty the Queen, 2 vols, London 1963, p. 103, under no. 161 (as a copy);
S.W.A. Drossaers and T.H. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Inventarissen van de inboedels in de verblijven van de Oranjes en daarmede gelijk te stellen stukken, 1567–1795, 3 vols, The Hague 1974–76, vol. I, pp. 678, 698 and 700;
M. Grimes in Homage to Rubens, exh. cat., The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 10 January – 9 April 1978, no. 8 (as Van Dyck);
J.S. Held, The Collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Flemish and German Paintings of the 17th Century, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit 1982, pp. 44–46, reproduced p. 45 (as a copy after Van Dyck);
B. Brenninckmeyer-de Rooij et al., Paintings from England: William III and the Royal Collections, The Hague 1988, p. 83, no. 12 (some references pertain to the present work and not to the picture reproduced);
E. Larsen, Van Dyck. The Paintings, Freren 1988, vol. II, p. 262, under no. 642 (as a copy; ‘art market, Detroit’);
H. Vey, in Van Dyck, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, S. Barnes et al. (eds), New Haven and London 2004, p. 253, under no. III.10 (as an autograph version);
K. Jonckheere, The Auction of King William’s Paintings 1713: Elite International Art Trade at the End of the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam and Philadelphia 2008, pp. 63 and 258–59, Claim 12.
Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Eighth Loan Exhibition... by Anthony van Dyck, 3–20 April 1929, no. 15 (as Van Dyck);
Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Homage to Rubens, 10 January – 9 April 1978, no. 8 (as Van Dyck).