Lot 293
Anglo-Dutch School (mid 17th century), Portrait of a Woman
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on cradled panel, unsigned, presented in a later gilt frame.

Panel 17 x 12.5 in.; DOA 22.25 x 18 in.

Private Collection, Sedona, Arizona

The present painting was likely commissioned as a marriage or betrothal portrait. Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, a wealth of information may be gleaned by close study of her costume and accessories. Her modesty and chaste nature is signified by the head covering and high lace collar. The modified virago sleeves and "spaniel ears" hairstyle speak to her fashionability. Her wealth is related to the view by the rich black silk dress revealing a brocaded skirt below and the ropes of pearls encircling each wrist. Additional jewelry includes what appears to be a betrothal ring on her proper left hand.

Obscuring varnish and scattered retouch visible under UV light.

$1,000 - 2,000