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Lot 55

17th Century Oil Portrait of an Armored Gentleman

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A court portrait of an unnamed nobleman, oil on canvas circa early 17th century, bearing some resemblance to Philip III of Spain. The portrait is a three-quarters length view of a gentleman dressed in fine armor with linen ruff and chevron pantaloons, with one hand near his helmet and the other at his sword's hilt. To the top right corner is an unidentified heraldic coat-of-arms. Unsigned.

The painting measures 49" x 40", and it is presented in an antique carved and  gold-painted frame that measures 58 1/2" x 48".


Fair condition. There are areas of discoloration including on the face, hands, and collar, with evidence of old restoration. A large area of the background shows discoloration as well, near the hand at the right edge of the painting. Overcleaning to the figure's hair and forehead. Small losses to the paint layer in the bottom left corner (on the table). Craquelure throughout consistent with age. Upon blacklight inspection, there appear to be scattered touch-ups, including among the folds at the top left corner, and outlining to the thumb and forefinger resting on the sword's hilt. The heraldic crest does appear to be original to the piece. The painting has been restretched (stretcher circa later 19th c.) and later relined (20th c.).