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A Man in a Gorget and Cap
By Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Estimated price: £8,000,000-12,000,000
Price realised: £8,441,250

Rembrandt’s (1606-1669) remarkable painting A Man in a Gorget and Cap was sold on Tuesday, July 3, as part of Christie’s Old Master’s and British Paintings Evening Sale in London. Christie’s has an unrivalled track record with Rembrandt, having previously sold the two most valuable works by the artist to have been offered at auction.

Offered for the first time in nearly 40 years, this work fetched £8.4 million. The painting demonstrates a masterful treatment of light and use of chiaroscuro, reflecting the influence of Caravaggio on his work. The panel is very well preserved and shows Rembrandt’s masterful use of a subtle range of rich colours; the sharp light falling on the steel of the gorget imbues the subject with a startling reality and presence. This work was exhibited in the Rembrandt/Caravaggio exhibition staged by The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in 2006.

This exceptional work was sold from the Pieter and Olga Dreesman Collection of ‘Golden Age’ Dutch Old Master’s paintings, all 15 of which were sold as part of the Old Master’s Sale. A portion of the proceeds from their collection, which realised a total of £25.3 million, was generously donated to a number of philanthropic causes as well as funding art research.

Christie’s Old Master’s and British Paintings Evening Sale took place on July 3 at Christie’s in London. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

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