Van Meegeren's Ter Borch

June 7 2020

Image of Van Meegeren's Ter Borch

Picture: Uppsala Auktionskammare

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

An old master painting once owned by the notorious forger Han van Meegeren (1889-1947) is coming up for sale in Sweden this month.

The Music Lesson, catalogued as by Gerard Ter Borch and Studio, was sold by the forger's estate sale in 1950 where it was purchased by the present owner. It was featured in a recent exhibition comparing it against all other known variations Ter Borch made with this particular composition. The auction house has shown in the catalogue note that the provenance of the work can be traced back to the eighteenth century and was even previously owned by Frederick Duke of York.

The auctioneer has also published the accompanying note on his Instagram account;

Technical examination of the painting through X Ray Fluorescence in selected spots and scanning MA-XRay Fluorescence of the whole surface, revealed the presence of modern pigments containing zinc and cadmium in several areas. As zinc sulfide was only developed around 1850, these findings indicate a modern intervention which is likely to have been carried out by Han van Meegeren.

The painting will be offered on 16th June with an estimate of 400,000 - 600,000 SEK / €38,000 - €57,000.

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