PORTRAIT OF A COMMANDING OFFICER
Signed and dated 'P. Nason. f/1667' bottom left, oil on canvas
52 3/8 x 42 in. (133 x 106.7cm)
Frederick Muller, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, sale of November 27, 1906, Lot 136.
Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, sale of May 14, 1912, Lot 150.
Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, sale of November 8-15, 1955, Lot 313.
D. Katz, Dieren, The Netherlands.
Acquired directly from the above on August 14, 1940.
Alois Miedl, caretaker of Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Gifted from the above on August 19, 1944.
Collection of Dr. E. Plietzsch.
Private Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dutch painter Pieter Nason was born in Amsterdam in 1612. Much of his career as a portraitist was spent in the nearby city of The Hague, where, in 1639, he was accepted as a member by the St. Luke's Guild of Painters. In 1656, Nason helped establish the Confrerie Pictura along with nearly fifty other artists, including Jacob van der Does and Willem Doudyns. While little is known about Nason's life, it is believed he was a pupil of Jan van Ravesteyn, another founding member of the Confrerie Pictura and a portraitist for the Royal Court. The present piece, executed in 1667, is indicative of Nason's style of portraiture, with firm roots in the Dutch Golden Age of painting.
We wish to thank the Netherlands Institute for Art History, also known as the R.K.D., for confirming the authenticity of the present lot, and for their assistance in cataloguing the present lot.
Sold for $10,000 (buyer's premium included)