10 July 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 7,500
Follower of Pieter Coecke van Aelst
inscribed 'SVSTER...', and with an indistinct emblem (lower left)
oil on panel
21 x 17½ in. (53.4 x 44.5 cm.)
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We are grateful to Jan van Helmont for noting from a photograph that the emblem in the present work appears to be a master's sign, housemark or monogram, rather than a coat-of-arms. The four snakes entwined perhaps refer to a hospital order of sisters ('SVSTER'); such snakes are the sign of Aesculapus (medical care).
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE AUSTRIAN COLLECTOR (LOT 8)