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    Sale 7448

    Old Master and British Pictures

    7 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    Attributed to Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601-1678) and Studio

    Saturn eating one of his children, with the children of the planet Saturn below; and Mercury, with the children of the planet Mercury below

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    Attributed to Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601-1678) and Studio
    Saturn eating one of his children, with the children of the planet Saturn below; and Mercury, with the children of the planet Mercury below
    the first with signature 'I Breughel' (lower right); the second with signature 'J Breughel' (lower left)
    oil on copper
    27 1/8 x 35 in. (68.8 x 88.8 cm.)
    two (2)


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    These two paintings were probably originally part of a series of the Seven Planets, dating to the mid-17th century. In the composition depicting Saturn, the children of the planet are represented as outcasts of society who are being tended to by the seven works of Charity; while in the composition depicting Mercury, the children are able to devote themselves to the study of the Arts. The apes seem to allude to the Mundus Inversus.

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    Provenance

    José Antônio Fialho, and by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF NUNO SOUZA COUTINHO (LOTS 54 AND 110)