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Circle of Philippe de Champaigne (Brussels 1602-1674 Paris)

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The Property of the late Professor René Küss (Lots 11-19 and Lots 131-161)
Circle of Philippe de Champaigne (Brussels 1602-1674 Paris)

Portrait of a Knight of Malta, presumably François Joseph de Robert de Termes, aged 41, bust-length, next to a statuette of the Madonna and Child

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Circle of Philippe de Champaigne (Brussels 1602-1674 Paris) Portrait of a Knight of Malta, presumably François Joseph de Robert de Termes, aged 41, bust-length, next to a statuette of the Madonna and Child with coat-of-arms and inscribed and dated '·F·I·T 1654 41' (lower right) oil on canvas 27 x 22¾ in. (68.6 x 57.8 cm.) with inscription 'oncle de Feu Guillaume Potier mon Paire Jan Francoi Potier a: Fit' (on the relining canvas)
Provenance
Georges Küss, until 1967, by descent to his son René Küss.
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Lot Essay

We are grateful to Jan van Helmont for his assistance in identifying the sitter. Mr van Helmont considers that the inscription '·F·I·T' refers to François Joseph des Terms, who was a Knight of Malta, as shown by the robe, the coat-of-arms and his rosary of gilded glass with the cross. The rosary may also refer to the family business in blown glass.

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