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Leendert van Beijeren (Amsterdam 1619/20-1649)
Leendert van Beijeren (Amsterdam 1619/20-1649)

A 'tronie' of a young man in a red jacket and a 'halsberg', holding an Indonesian kris

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Leendert van Beijeren (Amsterdam 1619/20-1649)
A 'tronie' of a young man in a red jacket and a 'halsberg', holding an Indonesian kris
indistictly signed 'v. Beijer.. f.' (lower right)
oil on panel
62.5 x 47.6 cm.
Provenance
The Hon. Sherman Stonor, Henley-on-Thames; Sotheby's, London, 26 July 1939, lot 39.
Ing. G.V. Philips, Eindhoven (according to a label on the reverse); thence by descent; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 6 November 2001, lot 31, as Rembrandt School, circa 1640.
with S. Lilian, Amsterdam, 2003, where bought by the present owner.
Literature
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandtschüler, I, Landau, 1983, pp. 280-1, no. 77, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

This is the only signed painting by Leendert van Beijeren, who is documented as having been a pupil of Rembrandt. He was probably in Rembrandt's workshop between circa 1635 and 1640. This tronie is stylistically akin to his master's self portraits and/or tronies from the later 1630s and those made by, for instance, Samuel van Hoogstraten in the 1640s. Leendert van Beijeren's picture was probably painted shortly after his stay with Rembrandt. Other works by this painter are documented in old inventories, but none other than the present lot have come to light.

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