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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137

    Joachim von Sandrart I (Frankfurt 1606-1688 Nuremberg)

    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black doublet

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    Estimate

    Joachim von Sandrart I (Frankfurt 1606-1688 Nuremberg)
    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black doublet
    signed and dated 'J. Sand: f / 1639.' (lower left) and inscribed 'AEt:30 . f' (upper right)
    oil on panel
    36 ½ x 27 ½ in. (93 x 69.7 cm.)


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    The present and the following lot are generally presumed to be a pair, although they were painted four years apart, and were separate at least between 1848 and 1938 and since then until recently. It has been suggested that they could be members of the Bicker family, relatives of Jacob Bicker van Engelenburg (1612-1676) and his brother Hendrik (1615-1651) whose portraits were painted by Sandrart in the same year (Klemm op.cit., nos. 18 and 20, both illustrated, both with pendants depicting their wives.).

    Provenance

    (Possibly) Anonymous sale; Amsterdam, 10 October 1848, lot 70, ‘Een deftig Mansportret ter halver lijve in satijnen kleeding met eene geborduurde kraag, en eene Dame met rijker kanten en sieraden gekleed; beiden fraai geschildert. Paneel 90 x 69’.
    with Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris (according to a seal on the reverse).
    Robert Hosea, New York; sale, American Art Association, New York, 3 February 1938, lot 54.
    The Sylvester Family, Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, New York, from whose estate sale purchased by the last owner.


    Literature

    C. Klemm, Joachim von Sandrart: Kunst-Werke u. Lebens-Lauf, Berlin, 1986, p. 72, no. 17, illustrated, and pp. 129-30, under no. 51.
    E. E. Kok, Culturele ondernemers in de Gouden Eeuw. De artistieke en sociaal-economische strategieën van Jacob Backer, Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, en Joachim von Sandrart, Amsterdam, 2013 (University of Amsterdam dissertation), pp. 127-8, fig. 153.