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355

Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

An old woman with a purse and coins at a table: Allegory of Avarice

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Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

An old woman with a purse and coins at a table: Allegory of Avarice

An old woman with a purse and coins at a table: Allegory of Avarice

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,040

GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

An old woman with a purse and coins at a table: Allegory of Avarice


oil on canvas

unframed: 51 x 48.3 cm.; 20⅛ x 19 in.

framed: 67.5 x 61.7 cm.; 26⅝ x 24¼ in.

The canvas has an old relining. A horizontal fold or seam runs across the canvas just below centre, with visible, associated retouching along it, most notably to an area of damage on the left-hand side. There is a short horizontal line of damage in the centre of the canvas, approx. 3 cm. long, and a handful of tiny scattered losses centre right, and in the lower right corner. The paint surface is generally slightly dirty, with a darkened, discoloured varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the milky varnish, but reveals a handful of pinprick retouchings in the woman's face, and some retouchings to the aforementioned losses. In overall fair condition.


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Private collection, Ireland.

This painting would appear to be by an imitator of Rembrandt's early work. In design it comes close to the painting in the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg (inv. no. 15.650), which is attributed to Cornelis Bisschop.1


Rembrandt and his followers popularised depictions of old men and women in various guises, including as allegories of avarice or greed, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In the 17th century avarice was particularly associated with old age as a passion that was believed to increase as others gradually lessened.


1 https://ku-ni.de/record_kuniweb_907087