• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 153

    Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, Westphalia 1577-1640 Antwerp)

    Nymph and Satyr

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, Westphalia 1577-1640 Antwerp)
    Nymph and Satyr
    oil on panel
    38¾ x 29¼ in. (97.2 x 73.6 cm.)


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    This picture derives from Rubens' celebrated Nymph and Satyr, which was possibly the painting in Rubens' estate inventory in 1640 that was presented as a gift to Salomon Nobeliers, Brussels, and is now in a private collection, Madrid. The original may have remained with Rubens to fulfil the dual function of serving as a model for copies by the studio and as part of the artist's collection. The existence of the nymph in the Madrid picture was only revealed in 1981 after overpainting was removed when the painting was restored in Paris.

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