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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 114

Portrait Painting of a European Nobleman, Full Length

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400
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Continental school, possibly Spanish, oil on canvas life-sized portrait of a nobleman depicted standing full length in an interior setting against a draped background and red carpet. The subject has grey hair and facial hair and is attired in an ermine-trimmed embroidered short cloak or cape emblazoned with a red Crusaders or Templar cross, an ornate gold livery collar or chain of office around his upper shoulders with central griffin, black leather pants and boots, with his right hand on a short sword and his left hand resting on the handle of a sword visible at his hip. Housed in a modern carved gilt Hudson River style frame from Bennett Galleries, Knoxville. First quarter of 19th century or earlier. Sight: 81 1/2" H x 35 1/2" W. Framed: 92" H x 45 1/2" W. Note: The gold livery collar is similar to those conferred to the Chivalric Order the Jar/Griffin, founded by Ferdinand I of Aragon in 1403. The jar of lilies links symbolize the Virgin Mary while the griffin can be interpreted as a symbol of war against the infidel. This painting may depict Ferdinand I or one of his Castilian descendants as the original Crest of Castile and Leon featured a golden griffin. This crest fell out of use in the 15th century as the griffin was replaced by a lion.


Painting is in overall good condition with areas of retouch and later varnishing visible throughout under UV light inspection, primarily to the background. Canvas is lined, and stretcher appears to be contemporary.

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