Monday, 24 April 2017

"Follower of Francken" is copy after Simon de Vos

Pastaud, in Limoges, France, sells on 14 May 2017 a "Flemish School, ca. 1630, follower of Frans Francken" "The Meeting of Melchidezek", estimated at 2,000 to 3,000 Euro.

The work is a copy after "The Meeting of David and Abigail" by Simon de Vos, now in the Hermitage. While Francken has also painted this scene, the version for sale has much more elements in common with De Vos, from the white horse with the long manes on the left over the helmet of David to the two camels and the donkey on the right.

De Vos has painted a few versions of this subject, with some variations but with the same basic elements. This one is from the Musée des Augustins, from about 1655.

As a copy after De Vos, the work should be dated closer to the end of the 17th century. The estimate probably stays about the same.

UPDATE: again for sale at same auction house on 28 January 2018 for an estimated 800 to 1,000 Euro, which is a bargain.

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