Old Masters

June 2025, 2020
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Lot 5

After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Lot 5 Details
After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Flemish


Oil on canvas
56 x 72 in — 142.2 x 182.9 cm

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $8,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
  • After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
  • After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Westminster Galleries, London, UK according to family records;
Family Collection, Ottawa;
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto


The original larger oil on canvas by Rubens, measuring 78.3" x 112 1/2", is held in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

In early inventories it was called "Rubens' Family" as Rubens set the scene in the mannerist portico of his own house in Antwerp. It is an allegory and exaltation of conjugal love and bliss depicting a court feast with cupids carrying symbols of love.

The original work was listed for the first time in 1666, when it hung in the King's bedroom at Madrid's Alcázar Palace.


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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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