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Flemish School, circa 1660-75

Portrait of a young nobleman, possibly Philippe-François Wouters

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Flemish School, circa 1660-75

Flemish School, circa 1660-75

Portrait of a young nobleman, possibly Philippe-François Wouters

Portrait of a young nobleman, possibly Philippe-François Wouters

Sold without Reserve

Flemish School, circa 1660-75

Portrait of a young nobleman, possibly Philippe-François Wouters


oil on canvas

canvas: 32 ¾ by 26 in.; 83.1 by 66 cm.

framed: 40 ⅝ by 34 in. 103.1 by 86.3 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. There are visible signs of previous restoration along the right shoulder and hair of the sitter most likely to address flaking or possible paint loss. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky and uneven in some parts of the composition as well as additional signs of earlier restoration which can be seen in below the lower right eye, forehead and neck. Several places of inpainting exist in the background. The painting can be hung as is but could benefit from being re-varnished. Offered unframed.


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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This charming portrait is most likely of a young Philippe-François Wouters, who would later become Lord of Vinderhoute, Meerendre, Belseele, Ecke and Volckeghem in Flanders in the late-17th Century. The coat of arms in the upper left is that of the Wouters family. Even though the artist has not been identified, the dress, coiffure and approximate age of the sitter date the painting to circa 1660-75. 


We are grateful to Dr. Julia Ellinghaus and her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.