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Frans Francken the Younger

1581 – Antwerp – 1642


Esther before Ahasuerus


Signed and dated lower left: D f francken [inv.] et f. Antw / A° 1622

Oil on panel

75.2 x 112.7 cm.


Provenance:

London, collection Edmund Larken, Esq (1766-1831)

His sale, London, Christie’s, 16-17 June 1831 (Lugt no. 12697), lot 91 (17 June): ‘Old Francks : Esther and Ahasuerus, 1622’, 6 Pounds, to Ewart

Belgium, private collection, until 2006

Sale Amsterdam, Sotheby’s, 9 May 2006, lot 11

London, Johnny van Haeften, Ltd., 2006

New York, The Leiden Collection, until 2023


Literature:

Possibly E. Duverger, Antwerpse kunstinventarissen uit de zeventiende eeuw, 14 vols., Antwerp 1984-2009, 3 (1987), p. 156 (doc. 670: 1629); 6 (1992), pp. 39 (doc. 1580: 1649), 267 (doc. 1745: 1652), 296 (doc. 1769: 1652)

L.S. Lerner, ‘Les « fils » d’Esther : À la recherche du temps perdu comme microlittérature’, in: MLN 133/4 (French Issue, September 2018), pp. 831-857, pp. 849-850, fig. 5

Netherlands

Spiegelgracht 5
NL - 1017 JP Amsterdam

Switzerland

Rue Verdaine 6
CH - 1204 Geneva

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