• Old Master and 19th Century Ar auction at Christies

    Sale 2829

    Old Master and 19th Century Art

    13 October 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 19

    Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague)

    Portrait of a lady, said to be Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, three-quarter-length, in a silver dress

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    Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague)
    Portrait of a lady, said to be Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, three-quarter-length, in a silver dress
    signed and dated 'C. Netscher. Fec 1669.' (strengthened, lower right)
    oil on panel
    29.2 x 23.7 cm.
    with a red wax seal on the reverse, possibly of the arms of François Tronchin


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    The sitter has traditionally been identified as Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland (1641-1709), the mistress of Charles II.

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    Provenance

    François Tronchin, Bessinge, 1780; his sale, Boileau, Paris, 23 March 1801, lot 124 (500 francs to Gauthier);
    by descent to Jean-Louis Robert Tronchin, 1938.
    Purchased from the estate of Tronchin by Xavier Givaudan, 1938;
    by descent to Léon Givaudan, Geneva, 1974.
    with J. van Haeften, London, by 1983, where probably bought by the present owner.


    Literature

    Henry Tronchin, Le conseiller François et ses amis, Paris, 1895, p. 255, note 3.
    J. Crosnier, Nos Anciens et leurs oeuvres, Geneve, 1908, p. 86.
    G. Fatio, Genève et les Pays-Bas, Geneva, 1928, p. 124, pl. 28.
    M.E. Wieseman, Caspar Netscher and Late Seventeenth Century Dutch painting, Doornspijk, 2002, p. 230, no. 87.


    Exhibited

    Geneva, Musée d'art et d'histoire, De Genève à L'Ermitage. Les collections de François Tronchin, 21 June-15 September 1974, no. 174.