Salomon de Bray (1597-1664): The Flute Player
Oil on panel, 1641, signed 'SD Bray' and dated lower right, with label from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
26 x 19 1/2 in., 37 x 30 in. (frame).
Literature: J. W. von Moltke, Salomon de Bray, Marburger Jahrbuch fur Kunstwissenschaft, pp. 366-67, 388, no. 98, fig. 56 (as dated 1640).
Exhibited: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Rembrandt and His Pupils, January 9-February 23, 1969; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, March 14-April 27, 1969.
Provenance:Beris family, Naples (1854), as 'Paul Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1664), Portrait under the disguise of a shepherd of Henry Duke of Gloucester, youngest son of Charles I' (on a label on the back); sold Fievez, Brussels, May 14, 1928, lot 13; Francois Heim, Paris and London (1969); sold Hotel Drouot, Paris, June 4, 1984, lot 4; sold Christie's, Paris, June 24, 2004, lot 25.
The panel with a central vertical split, repaired, backed and inpainted. Another split on the reverse of the panel lower left. Scattered areas of inpainting showing mostly in the blank areas at left and right. Some surface soiling. Otherwise in good condition.
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