Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn (Dutch, circa 1570-1657) Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Augustus II, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lűneburg (1579-1666), bust-length, in armour, wearing a flat lace collar and embroidered red sash

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Lot 106
Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn
(Dutch, circa 1570-1657)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Augustus II, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lűneburg (1579-1666), bust-length, in armour, wearing a flat lace collar and embroidered red sash

Sold for £ 12,750 (US$ 15,479) inc. premium

The Dunrobin Attic Sale

20 Apr 2021, 10:00 BST

Edinburgh

Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn (Dutch, circa 1570-1657)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as
Augustus II, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lűneburg (1579-1666), bust-length, in armour, wearing a flat lace collar and embroidered red sash
signed with monogram and dated 'Anno. 1635/JVR' (upper left) oil on panel
68.5 x 58.2cm (26 15/16 x 22 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: By descent in the Sutherland Collection, at Trentham, Staffordshire, and subsequently at Lilleshall Staffordshire, and Dunrobin Castle until the present

    Literature: Catalogue of Pictures at Trentham (1896) page 5, number 2, when hanging in the entrance hall; (as by Mirevelt (sic))
    Catalogue of Pictures at Lilleshall (1909) page 17 number 51, when hanging in the Duchess's sitting-room.

    The present portrait, which can be dated to circa 1635, has traditionally been identified as Augustus II, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lűneburg, who is best remembered today as a scholar who developed Wolfenbüttel into an intellectual and cultural centre after the devastations of the Thirty Years War had concluded with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

    A follower of the Delft portrait painter, Michiel van Mierevelt, Jan van Ravesteyn is mentioned in the archives of that city in 1598, but his career was largely conducted in the city of his birth, The Hague, where he competed with Mierevelt in particular to obtain commissions for portraits of the royal House of Nassau. Since the present sitter is depicted wearing what appears to be the sash of the dynastic Order of Orange-Nassau, he might be more likely identified as a member of the royal house of The Netherlands.





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