Gerard ter Borch II (Zwolle 1617-1681 Deventer)
Gerard ter Borch II (Zwolle 1617-1681 Deventer)

Portrait of a young man in armor (Cosimo III de' Medici?)

Gerard ter Borch II (Zwolle 1617-1681 Deventer)
Portrait of a young man in armor (Cosimo III de' Medici?)
signed in monogram 'GTB' (lower right)
oil on copper
25¼ x 16¾ in. (64.0 x 42.5 cm.)
E. Kums, Antwerp, 1898.
Duke of Cleveland, London, 1902.
Dreyfus, Paris.
Onnes van Nyenrode; sale, Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 10 July 1923, lot 41a.
A. Seligman, Paris.
with Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, October 1927, inv. no. 1946;
looted by the Nazi Authorities, July 1940.
Recovered by the Allies, 1945.
In the custody of the Dutch Government
Restituted in February 2006 to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker.
C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné…, trans. and ed. E.G. Hawke, London, 1913, V, no. 323.
E. Plietzsch, Gerard ter Borch, Vienna, 1944, p. 99.
S.J. Gudlaugsson, in Festschrift Friedrich Winkler, Berlin, 1959, p. 310.
S.J. Gudlaugsson, Geraert ter Borch, The Hague, 1959-60, I, p. 148, fig. 228; II, p. 209, no. 228i (as c. 1665-70).
P.J.J. van Thiel, All the Paintings of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1976, p. 131, inv. no. A3964.
Amsterdam, Catalogue des Nouvelles Acquisitions de la Collection Goudstikker, no. 33, October-November 1927, no. 123.
Greenwich, The Bruce Museum, and New York, The Jewish Museum, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection
of Jacques Goudstikker, 10 May-7 September 2008 and 12 March-2 August 2009, no. 26 (catalogue entry by P. Sutton).
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Lot Essay

Cosimo de’ Medici III visited Holland in 1667 and 1669, frequenting the studios of several artists including Rembrandt, and commissioned portraits from Ter Borch. Peter Sutton, however, dismissed the theory that the sitter in the present portrait is Cosimo (loc. cit.), noting instead that this painting is “very close in conception” to the collaborative Posthumous Portrait of Moses ter Borch by Gerard and his half sister, Gesina ter Borch (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

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