Lot 3057 - A176 Old Master Paintings - Tuesday, 22. March 2016, 02.30 PM


(Mond c.1617–1689 Brussels)
Portrait of Martino Martini, Jesuit missionary in China. 1654.
Oil on canvas.
Signed and dated upper left: Michaelina Wautier fecit 1654. Chinese inscription upper right: Wei Kuangguo (Chinese title of the sitter).
69.5 × 59 cm.

- Auction, Dobiaschofsky, Bern, 18.-19.10.1973, Lot 665 (with false assignment of the sitter as "Vermutliches Bildnis des Johannes Hus").
- Since that time, in a Swiss private collection.

Katlijne Van der Stighelen: Prima inter pares. Over de voorkeur van aartshertog Leopold-Wilhelm voor Michaelina Woutiers (ca 1620-na 1682), in: Hans Vlieghe and Katlijne Van der Stighelen (ed.): Sponsors of the Past. Flemish Art and Patronage 1550-1700, p. 91-116, fig. 24, p. 108.

We are grateful to Prof. Katlijne Van der Stighelen for confirming the present painting as a work by the hand of the artist on the basis of a photograph. She dates it between 1646 and 1659 based on stylistic considerations and will publish it in her upcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist.

CHF 7 000 / 10 000

€ 6 540 / 9 350

Sold for CHF 480 500 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.