Bonhams December Sale

November 23 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Bonhams have publisher their upcoming December old master paintings sale. The auction will be held on 17th December 2020 in London.

Amongst the many interesting lots are these portraits of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria after the famous double portrait in the Pitti Palace, Florence. They carry a rather tempting estimate of £8k - £12k.

The Pitti Palace painting has a curious history in its own right. Although traditionally given to Van Dyck, it has been suggested that they are mostly the work of Medici court painter Justus Sustermans (1597-1681).* It's rather hard to tell from the photos how old the Bonhams copies are, but the spectacular Florentine carved frames really do make them look very special indeed.

* - Reference needed, but I'm away from my books!

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