Master Paintings Part II

Master Paintings Part II

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Sir Anthony van Dyck

The Virgin and Child

Lot Closed

January 30, 03:39 PM GMT


400,000 - 600,000 USD

Lot Details


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. 

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.