14 November 2012
Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)
Portrait of a gentleman, three-quarter-length, in a white lace trimmed chemise and a red cloak over a gold brocate jacket, standing by a classical column in a park landscape
signed 'Maes.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
68 x 54.3 cm.
Gijsbert de Clercq; Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 1 June 1897, lot 48, (Dfl 1,525 to Paravicini, Basel).
Anonymous sale; Galerie Stuker, Bern, 13 November-7 December 1968, lot 5062.
with Ronald Cook, London, by March 1975, as said to be a portrait of Hermanus Amya.
Private Collection, Austria; where acquired by the present owner in circa 1980.
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In 1975, the sitter was tentatively identified as the Amsterdam lawyer and merchant Hermanus Amya (1657-1700), whom Nicolaes Maes portrayed with his wife. This and its pendant of Catherina de Volgelaer are now in the Louvre (inv. nos. 2858/9).
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