Null FRANS FRANCKEN II (ANTWERP, 1581-1642)
THE SEVEN WORKS OF MERCY
Oak panel, …
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FRANS FRANCKEN II (ANTWERP, 1581-1642) THE SEVEN WORKS OF MERCY Oak panel, two boards, reinforced Monogrammed lower right "FF"; inscribed on reverse The seven works of Mercy, oak panel, two boards, reinforced, monogrammed lower right "FF" 43 x 68 CM - 16,9 x 26,8 IN. Provenance Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot (Drouot Estimations), December 6, 2019, no. 33 (reproduced). Our composition is similar to the one (Panel, 78 x 109 CM) in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich (signed and dated 1630). (See U. Härting, Frans Francken der Jüngere, Freren, 1989, no. 273, reproduced on p. 309). A similar composition attributed to Frans Francken on copper (55 x 72 CM) is on sale at Christie's, London, May 19, 1989, no. 144.

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FRANS FRANCKEN II (ANTWERP, 1581-1642) THE SEVEN WORKS OF MERCY Oak panel, two boards, reinforced Monogrammed lower right "FF"; inscribed on reverse The seven works of Mercy, oak panel, two boards, reinforced, monogrammed lower right "FF" 43 x 68 CM - 16,9 x 26,8 IN. Provenance Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot (Drouot Estimations), December 6, 2019, no. 33 (reproduced). Our composition is similar to the one (Panel, 78 x 109 CM) in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich (signed and dated 1630). (See U. Härting, Frans Francken der Jüngere, Freren, 1989, no. 273, reproduced on p. 309). A similar composition attributed to Frans Francken on copper (55 x 72 CM) is on sale at Christie's, London, May 19, 1989, no. 144.

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