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    Sale 2031

    Christie's Interiors

    1 - 2 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 5

    Attributed to Giovanni Andrea dalle Piane (Italian, c. 1679-1759) after Sir Anthony van Dyck

    Portrait of Battina Balbi Durazzo, seated three-quarter-length, in a white and gold dress

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    Attributed to Giovanni Andrea dalle Piane (Italian, c. 1679-1759) after Sir Anthony van Dyck
    Portrait of Battina Balbi Durazzo, seated three-quarter-length, in a white and gold dress
    oil on canvas
    47 x 37¼ in. (119.4 x 94.6 cm.)


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    The present painting is a partial copy after the original by Van Dyck which depicts Battina Balbi seated full-length with her sons Giacomo Durazzo (1620-79) and Carlo Emanuele Durazzo (1622-74), in a private collection. According to Barnes (op. cit.), the present half-length copy is likely the 1721 version by Gio. Andrea delle Piane that the Invrea family accepted from Giacomo Filippo Durazzo II when he purchased the original.

    Provenance

    Mrs. A.D. Williams, by whom gifted to the present owner in 1928.


    Literature

    S. Barnes et.al., Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven, 2004, p. 173, under no. II.28, as a 'half-length copy...probably...by Gio. Andrea delle Piane'.