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    Sale 7714

    Old Master & British Pictures

    24 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566-1651 Utrecht)

    An elderly man, bust-length, in a brown coat and hat; and An elderly woman, bust-length, in a brown coat and headscarf

    Price Realised  

    Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566-1651 Utrecht)
    An elderly man, bust-length, in a brown coat and hat; and An elderly woman, bust-length, in a brown coat and headscarf
    both signed and dated 'A Bloemaert. fe 1634' (upper left)
    oil on panel
    14¾ x 11 in. (37.5 x 27.9 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    These are the first of three pairs of heads by the artist from the mid-1630s. While both figures recur with some variations in several works of the subsequent years, they are described by Roethlisberger as 'a very personal expression of the artist' (op. cit., p. 330).

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    Provenance

    Counts Wallmode, Hanover, sold in 1819 to
    The Princess Schaumburg-Lippe, Bückeburg castle, near Hanover, and by descent until sold in 1939 to Lohse.
    with Lohse, Munich and Berlin.


    Literature

    Privately printed Bückeburg catalogue, nos. 117-8.
    G. Delbanco, Der Maler Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651), Strasbourg, 1928, nos. 42a and 42b.
    M.G. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons: Paintings and Prints, Ghent, 1993, I, pp. 330-1, nos. 520-1; II, figs. 704-5.