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Jan de Baen

Portrait of a man standing before a desk and curtain, three-quarter length; Portrait of a woman seated before a landscape and curtain

Jan de Baen

Jan de Baen

Portrait of a man standing before a desk and curtain, three-quarter length; Portrait of a woman seated before a landscape and curtain

Portrait of a man standing before a desk and curtain, three-quarter length; Portrait of a woman seated before a landscape and curtain

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Jan de Baen

1633 - 1702

Portrait of a man standing before a desk and curtain, three-quarter length;

Portrait of a woman seated before a landscape and curtain


faintly signed on the first canvas, upper right: J Baen

a pair, both oil on canvas

each canvas: 47 by 39 in.; 119.5 by 99 cm.

each framed: 56 by 49 in.; 142.2 by 124.5 cm.


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The canvases are lined and stable on their stretchers. The images read well beneath clear varnish with highlights retained. A pattern of fine craquelure is visible throughout on both, but is stable and not distracting. The varnish is recent and appears shiny in certain light. No retouching or repairs are ovcious to the naked eye. The man under UV inspection: repairs are visible at upper center to the left of his head, a vertical repair above his proper left arm, and at lower left on the table. Fine strokes of retouching are visible in small areas on the clothing and face and have been well applied. The woman under UV inspection: retouching is concentrated along the lower edge to address frame abrasion and a few pinprick dots of retouching are scattered throughout. The black clothing of both figures fluoresces unevenly. The paintings have been recently and expertly restored and appear fresh; they should hang in their current state. Offered in matching simply carved ebonized wood frames.


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Jan de Baen trained with Jacob Adriaensz. Backer in Amsterdam and shortly thereafter began working for the exiled court of Charles II. Declining to follow his patron back to England in 1660, De Baen remained in the Hague working as a portrait painter. His patrons included the burgher and upper classes. The couple depicted here are clearly of means: the man is likely a merchant, as conveyed by the Oriental carpet and letters strewn on the table and displayed in the window, and the woman wears jeweled rings, gold bracelets and necklace, a pearl encrusted headband and large pearl earrings.