A Rubens painting resurfaces at auction in London

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Portrait of a Bearded Man in Armor
Oil on panel - 58.8 x 47.3 cm
Auction at Bonhams Knightsbridge le 28/4/10
Photo : Bonhams

2/05/2010 – Discovery – London, Art Market – On Wednesday, 28 April in London at Bonhams Knightsbridge, an oil on panel representing a portrait of a bearded man in armor, presented as “Style of Rubens, 19th century” (ill.) and with a modest estimate of 1,000 to 2,000 pounds soared to the final price of £692,000 (including charges).
Clearly, the bidding reflected the presence of a real Rubens, and not a copy or a 19th century pastiche. Unlike what happens in France, the mistaken attribution of this lot in no way brings into doubt its acquisition. Full responsibility lies with the auction house, as would seem logical, and its experts. The happy purchaser of this painting may thus safely enjoy his discovery, especially since the price is probably not much different from what it would have been had it been identified correctly [1].

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 2 mai 2010


[1] We point out that this information was provided by Paul Jeromak thanks to his posting of the painting on Connoisseur’s Facebook page.

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