Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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February 1, 04:16 PM GMT


3,000,000 - 5,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - 1640 Antwerp

Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

oil on western European oak, with Baltic oak additions

original panel: 21 ⅞ by 15 ¾ in.; 55.5 by 40.0 cm.

with Baltic oak additions: 26 ⅞ by 19 ⅜ in.; 68.2 by 49.4 cm.

framed: 32 ¾ by 26 ⅝ in.; 83.1 by 67.5 cm.

The artist’s estate;

Thence either by descent to his daughter, Clara Johanna Rubens (1632-1689) or his son, Frans Rubens (1633-1678);

Thence, if via the former, by descent to Philippe Constantin van Parys (1665-1729), the son of Clara Johanna Rubens and Philippe van Parys (d. 1699), Lord of Merksem and Dambrugge, or, if via the latter, by descent to Catherine Françoise Rubens (1667-1717), the daughter of Suzanna Charles (d. 1682) and Frans Rubens;

Thence by descent to Jean-Baptiste Jacques van Parys (d. 1787), the son of Phillipe Constantin van Parys and Catherine Françoise Rubens;

Thence by inheritance to his sister, Isabelle Alexandrine Joséphine van Parys (1704-1792), who married François Charles Hyacinthe Joseph, Count of Respani;

Thence by descent to their daughter, Catherine Hyacinthe Ghislaine Respani (1738-1800), who married Jean-Baptiste, Vicomte van der Fosse;

Thence by descent to their son, Alexandre François Ghislaine, Vicomte van der Fosse (1769-1840);

Thence by descent to his daughter, Justine van der Fosse (1795-1853), Countess van der Stegen de Schrieck;

By whose heirs sold (under the name “M[onsieur] Van Parys”), Brussels, Etienne le Roy, 6 October 1853, lot 25 (as Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait de Rubens,” 55 by 40.5 cm.);

Where acquired by Georges Edouard Warneck on behalf of Leroy d’Étiolles (1798-1860), Paris, for 1,900 francs;

His estate sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 21-22 February 1861, lot 101 (as Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait d’homme (Rubens lui-même?),” 62 by 51 cm.);

Where acquired by Adolphe-Henry Guignot (1820-1872) on behalf of Auguste Louis Joseph de Morny (1811-1865), Duc de Morny, for 3,000 francs;

With Charles Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, by 1894 (as Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait of the Artist's Brother,” about 59.7 by 48.3 cm.);

Carl Robert Lamm (1856-1938), Näsby Castle, near Stockholm, Sweden;

His sale, New York, American Art Galleries, 22 February 1923, lot 619 (as Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait of Philip Rubens”);

Where acquired by A. Schmidt, for $7,500;

John Åke Truls Wiberg (1902-1963), Sweden, by 1942;

Thence by descent;

Anonymous sale, Uppsala, Auktionskammare, 15-18 June 2021, lot 607 (as Circle of Anthony van Dyck, “Portrait of a gentleman,” 59.5 by 40.0 cm. panel set into a 68.5 by 49.5 cm. panel);

Where acquired by the previous owner.  

G.P. Mensaert, Le peintre amateur et curieux, ou Description générale des tableaux des plus habiles maîtres…, Brussels 1763, p. 262;

Illustrated Catalogue of 100 Paintings of Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French and English Schools belonging to the Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris 1894, p. 48, cat. no. 39, reproduced (as Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait of the Artist's Brother,” about 59.7 by 48.3 cm.);

M. Rooses, "Oeuvres de Rubens, Addenda," in Bulletin-Rubens 5 (1910), p. 71 (as Peter Paul Rubens, "Portrait of the Artist's Brother").