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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 104

    Neapolitan School, c.1650

    Portrait of a Knight of Santiago, three-quarter-length, in a gold embroidered coat and matching baldrick, wearing the scallop-shell badge of the Order and a small-sword, a plumed helmet on a table

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    Neapolitan School, c.1650
    Portrait of a Knight of Santiago, three-quarter-length, in a gold embroidered coat and matching baldrick, wearing the scallop-shell badge of the Order and a small-sword, a plumed helmet on a table
    oil on canvas, unframed
    48¾ x 37¾ in. (123.9 x 95.9 cm.)


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    The sitter wears the armour of a Heavy Cavalry officer, of blue steel decorated with etched and gilt bands. The close helmet on the table beside him is of a type that remained in field use until c. 1650-1660. The very exact rendition of the small-sword, in combination with the sitter's dress, places the portrait at c. 1650, and no later than 1670.

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