• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

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    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 325

    Attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)

    A portrait of a noblewoman

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
    A portrait of a noblewoman
    oil on canvas
    26¾ x 22 in. (68 x 55.9 cm.)


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    Van Dyck's hand in the execution of the present lot, as well as his original intention for the composition, is difficult to determine due to its present condition. It is a variation on the head study previously at Ickworth (see S.J. Barnes, et al., Van Dyck, no. II.ii2).

    Provenance

    2nd Lord Meadowbrook, from whom purchased by
    John Jackson, R.A.
    with Agnew's, London.
    with Julius Böhler, Munich, from whom purchased by
    Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence, 1924.
    with Reinhardt, New York, 1927.
    Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, New York, by 1931, by whom
    gifted to the
    Denver Art Museum, 1962.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Items Sold to Benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisitions Fund


    Literature

    A. Graves, A century of loan exhibitions 1813-1912, Bath, 1913-15, II, p. 1524, under 1910, no. 125, as 'Van Dyck'.
    G. Glück, Van Dyck, des Meisters Gemälde, Klassiker der Kunst, Stuttgart, 1931, p. 159, as 'Van Dyck'.
    W.Valentiner, ed., Masterpieces of Art: Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture from 1300-1800, exhibition catalogue, New York, World's Fair, 1939, no. 102, as 'Van Dyck'.
    M. Jaffé, 'Van Dyck Portraits in the De Young Museum and Elsewhere', Art Quarterly, XXVIII, no. 1, 1965, pp. 44, 54, under note 32, fig. 12, as 'Van Dyck' and 'whereabouts unknown'.
    'Chronique des arts', supplement to Gazette des beaux-arts, LXXVII, no. 1225, February 1971, p. 70, no. 329, as 'Van Dyck'.
    S.J. Barnes, Van Dyck in Italy, PhD diss., New York University, 1986, p. 290, no. 58, fig. 204, as 'Van Dyck'.
    E. Larsen, L'Opera completa di Van Dyck, Milan, 1980, I, cited under no. 350, as 'a copy after Van Dyck'.
    E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, Freren, 1988, no. A67, as 'another artist wrongly attributed to Van Dyck'.
    S.J. Barnes, et al., Van Dyck a Genova. Grande pittura e collezionismo, exhibition catalogue, Genoa, 1997, p. 232 cited under no. 37, as 'dubiously autograph of Van Dyck'.
    S.J. Barnes et al., Van Dyck, A complete catalogue of the paintings, New Haven and London, 2004, p. 233, no.II.iii, as 'difficult to determine Van Dyck's role'.


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, loan exhibition, 1910, no. 125, as 'Sir Anthony Vandyck'.
    New York, World's Fair, Masterpieces of Art, New York, April-October 1939, no. 102, as 'Van Dyck' (catalogue by W. Valentiner).