Monday, 17 April 2017

"Dutch school" portraits are probably Swiss, by a follower of Johannes Dünz

Veritas, from Portugal, sells on 19 April 2017 a pair of "Dutch School, 17th century" portraits of a couple, dated 1670, and estimated at 4,000 to 6,000 Euro together.

While the attire of the man is not really remarkable, the woman is more distinctly represented, holding a flower and wearing a very large hat. These things are typical for some Swiss portraits of the period, especially by Johannes Dünz (1645-1736). The two examples are from 1671 and 1672.

The link is not really strong though, but the paintings for sale don't look Dutch to me. Paintings by Dünz only fetch about 1,000 Euro, so it is not as if this attribution would increase these in value; but it's always nice to bring a lesser known painter to attention, and to see a pair of portraits which have remained together for ages.

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