Van Dyck restituted

January 30 2017

Image of Van Dyck restituted

Picture: Dr Oetker

What appears to be one of Van Dyck's best '2nd Antwerp' period portraits (that is, painted between 1627-32) has been restituted to the heirs of the Jewish art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker. The portrait, of Adriaen Moens, had been seized at one point by Göring. Later, it ended up in the collection of the food conglomerate, Dr Oetker, who have recently begun a full audit of their art collection and found a number of works that were looted by the Nazis. 

The pattern with previous Goudstikker restitutions has been that the pictures end up back on the market relatively quickly. I would expect this to carry an auction estimate of at least £2m-£3m, and probably much more. Although much will depend on the condition. 

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