14 April 2011
Balthasar Beschey (Antwerp 1708-1776)
The Death of Cleopatra
signed 'B: Beschey f.' (lower left, on the plinth)
oil on panel, the reverse branded with the 'FDB' (in ligature) panel-maker's mark of François de Bont (active 1637-1643)
10 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (26.4 x 19.5 cm.)
with two unidentified armorial red wax seals and the old label 'No: 99. P.P. Rubens. 7½ . 10 L[...]' (on the reverse, upper centre)
(Possibly) Anonymous sale [An Officer, Leaving the Kingdom]; Foster, London, 18 July 1822, lot 21, as 'Rubens' (£2 to Mill).
(Possibly) P. Norton, Esq.; Foster, London, 20 March 1823 [The late Mr. J. Mitan, Removed from his Residence in Warren Street], lot 27, as 'Rubens' (unsold).
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