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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 112

    Attributed to Michiel van Mierevelt (Delft 1567-1641)

    Portrait of Count Cornelis van Beresteyn (1586-1638), half-length, in a black slashed doublet and lace collar

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    Attributed to Michiel van Mierevelt (Delft 1567-1641)
    Portrait of Count Cornelis van Beresteyn (1586-1638), half-length, in a black slashed doublet and lace collar
    With inscription 'DER HERR, CORNELIS VAN BERESTEIN. GEBOREN DEN 31 DE./CEMBER. 1586. RAADT. EN BüRGE. MEISTER. TOT DELFT. BEWINDT HEBBER DER OOSTINDESCHE CAMPAG NIE. HEER IN MIDDEL HARNASCH OVERIEDEN. 13..... 1638' (on the reverse of panel)
    oil on panel
    29 x 21½ in. (73.8 x 54.8 cm.)


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    The sitter married firstly Jannetje Berckel in 1613, and secondly Corvina van Hofdijck in 1619. The present portrait would appear to have been painted when the sitter was a young man, perhaps around the time of his first marriage, a year after the artist had painted Cornelis' father, Paulus van Beresteyn, Burgermaster of Delft, in 1612 (Kasteel Keukenhof Collection, Lisse). Mierevelt later painted Cornelis again, in 1619, three-quarter-length (Private Collection). The artist also painted the sitter's mother, Volkera Knobbert, in 1632 (Kunsthistorisches, Vienna), as well as his brother, Arnold van Beresteyn (Private Collection), and his sister, Caecilia van Beresteyn, in 1640 (Rijks museum, Amsterdam).

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that although the sitter is traditionally identified as Count Cornelis van Berestein it is no longer considered to be accurate.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN (LOTS: 107 AND 112)