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85

Dutch School, circa 1630-40

Portrait of a Gentleman

Dutch School, circa 1630-40

Dutch School, circa 1630-40

Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman

Dutch School, circa 1630-40

Portrait of a Gentleman


inscribed top right: Aetatis suae 56 anno 1640

oil on panel

panel: 46 ¼ by 32 ½  in.; 117.4 by 82.5 cm.

framed: 56 ½ by 42 ⅛ in,; 143.5 by 106.9 cm.

The panel consists of 6 vertical planks and is flat, stable and cradled on the reverse. The thin vertical lines corresponding to the panel joins are faintly visible but are stable and not distracting. Blanching from the varnish appears in areas, for example, upper right. There are two small areas of paint loss: the wrist of the left hand and below the ruff in the chest. There is no active lifting or flaking of pigment. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky and inconsistently applied throughout and there is visible previous restoration directly underneath the ruff. The painting can be hung in its present state but would benefit from being cleaned and re-varnished. Offered in a painted giltwood and black frame.


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.

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With Lewis & Simons, Paris, 1923;
A. Bennett, London;
With Corn. B. de Bruin, Rotterdam, 1935.

The identity of the sitter and artist of the present lot remain unknown. As indicated in the inscription in the upper right, the gentleman sat for this portrait at the age of 56. However, the style of his dress and collar would have been outdated by the year 1640, and a more likely date of execution falls in the 1630s. The painting has historically been attributed to Thomas de Keyser (1596-1667) and Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy. (1588-1656). Other attributions that have been put forward include Cornelis van der Voort (1576-1624), Abraham de Vries (circa 1590-1650), and Dirck Dircksz. Santvoort (1610-1680). 


The inscription in the upper left corner is thought to be a religious verse in old German.


We are grateful to Nadja Garthoff of the RKD for providing additional information related to the Provenance of this lot.