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Property from the Collection of Sir Peter Jonas

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

The Abduction of Ganymede 《強擄蓋尼米德》

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December 8, 08:20 PM GMT


300,000 - 400,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from the Collection of Sir Peter Jonas

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - 1640 Antwerp

The Abduction of Ganymede

inscribed at the upper edge: 3 1/2 

oil on oak panel

33.5 x 24.5 cm.; 13 x 9¾ in. (including extensions of approximately 6 cm. along both vertical sides)





款識:藝術家題款3 1/2(畫面上緣)


33.5 x 24.5 公分;13 x 9 ¾ 英寸(包括左右兩邊大約6公分寬的延伸結構)

Count Charles-André-Melchior de Proli, Antwerp (1723–1786);

His sale, Antwerp, Grange, 23 July 1785 ff., lot 6 (sold together with lot 5, an oil sketch for Saturn devouring his children) for 61 florins to De Roose, Brussels (mistaken for ‘De Loose’ in Rooses, see Literature, below);

François Pauwels (d. 1803), Aachen and Brussels; 

His posthumous sale, Brussels, De Marneffe, 22 August 1803, lot 67 (as pendant to lot 66, oil sketch for Saturn devouring his children), for 140 florins (unsold according to McGrath, 2016);

Pauwels (perhaps the son of the above, as speculated by McGrath; see McGrath 2016) sale, Brussels, 25 August 1814, lot 14;

Count F. de Robiano, Brussels;

His sale on the premises, 1 May 1837 ff., lot 560;

With Frederick Mont, New York, by 1980;

Private collection, Lugano (whence offered anonymously, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1994, lot 43, unsold);

By whom sold (‘Property from a Private Collection’), London, Sotheby's, 5 December 2007, lot 18, for £210,000;

Where acquired by Sir Peter Jonas (1946–2020).

M. Rooses, L'œuvre de P.P. Rubens, vol. III, Antwerp 1890, p. 19 under no. 523 and pp. 32–33 under no. 550;

S. Alpers, The Decoration of the Torre de la ParadaCorpus Rubenianum, Ludwig Burchard, Brussels, London and New York 1971, vol. IX, pp. 211–12, no. 24a (as whereabouts unknown, presumably lost);

K. Braun and F. Dony, Alle tot nu toe bekende schilderijen van Rubens: II: Het werk vanaf 1620, Rotterdam 1980, p. 170, no. 1085;

M. Jaffé, ‘The Oil Sketches of Rubens’, Apollo, vol. CXV, no. 239, January 1982, pp. 64–65, reproduced p. 63, fig. 1 and in colour pl. VIII;

Pierre-Paul Rubens, exh. cat., Gallery Takashimaya, Tokyo; Prefectoral Museum, Yamaguchi; Prefectoral Museum, Tsu; and Gallery Takashimaya, Kyoto, 8 August 1985–20 January 1986, no. 59, reproduced in colour p. 144;

J. Held, ‘New oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens’, The Burlington Magazine, 129, September 1987, pp. 575 and 577, reproduced in colour p. 576, fig. 7; 

M. Jaffé, Rubens: Catalogo completo, Milan 1989, p. 357, no. 1271, reproduced;

D. Bodart (ed.), Rubens: Pietro Paolo Rubens (1577–1640), exh. cat., Rome 1990, p. 142, under no. 51;

M. Díaz Padrón, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Barcelona 1995, vol. II, pp. 944, reproduced in colour;

S. Lloyd, Richard and Maria Cosway, Regency artists of taste and fashion, exh. cat., Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and National Portrait Gallery, London, 1995–96, p. 130, no. 191, reproduced in colour pl. 79;

L. Silver, ‘Rubens's Myths for the Rey Planeta at the Torre de la Parada’, in The Age of Rubens: Diplomacy, Dynastic Politics and the Visual Arts in Early Seventeenth-Century Europe, Turnhout 2016, pp. 239 and 252, n. 38 (as lost);

E. McGrath, in E. McGrath, G. Martin, F. Healy, B. Schepers, C. van de Velde and K. de Clippel, Rubens, Mythological Subjects. Achilles to the Graces, Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, London and Turnout 2016, part XI, vol. I, pp. 445–47, no. 43a, reproduced in colour vol. II, fig. 385;

E. Bergvelt and M. Jonker, Catalogue of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Dutch, Flemish and German Schools, with addenda to the British School, RKD Studies online 2021 https://rkdstudies.nl/all-rkd-studies/ (an expanded digital version of M. Jonker and E. Bergvelt, Dutch and Flemish Paintings, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London 2016), under DPG19, ‘Related works’, no. 15a, n. 44 (as present whereabouts unknown).