Antiques Roadshow Van Dyck offered at $837,500 with Christie's



2015-06-26 13:44:22

Antiques Roadshow Van Dyck offered at $837,500 with Christie's

A study by Van Dyck that was discovered on BBC's The Antiques Roadshow will sell in July

A head study by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) that was discovered on collector's favourite TV programme The Antiques Roadshow has been consigned to Christie's Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale.

The remarkable piece is a preparatory work for Van Dyck's magnificent full-length portrait The Magistrates of Brussels, which was created around 1634 but subsequently destroyed in 1695. Dating to the pinnacle of his career, the study was originally bought for just 400.

A high estimate of 500,000 (837,620)has been given ahead of theJuly 8 auction, which will take place at Christie's London showrooms.

 The work was obscured by a later over-paint, only being revealed after cleaning and restoration

The work was found by Father Jamie MacLeod in a Cheshire, UK antiques shop, having been overlooked by scholars due to a later over-paint. The original work was only revealed following cleaning and restoration.

There are only three other known studies for The Magistrates of Brussels picture. The present example will be exhibited for the first time at Christie's New York from May 31to June 3. Proceeds from the sale will go towards new church bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House.

"It has been a blessing to own this magnificent portrait which has given me great pleasure over the years. I will be sad to part with it, though the proceeds will be put to excellent use," commented Father MacLeod.

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