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It’s back again – the painting with an identity crisis – UPDATED with sale results

October 22, 2012

Who painted this work?

For the third time in slightly more than a year (to the extent that I know), this painting is back at auction, and it’s authorship still remains a mystery.  In October 2011 it sold in London for £4,750 ($7,605) with the author listed as “17th century Roman”; in April 2012 it appeared at Dorotheum ascribed to Pierre Mignard, estimated at EUR 20,000-30,000, it failed to sell; now it’s in the November 7, 2012, sale at Artcurial in Paris once again as 17th century Roman, with an estimate of EUR 8,000-10,000. According to Artcurial’s Elisabeth Bastier: “[N]ot all of the specialists of French painting of the 17th Century agreed with Mr. Kerpstern who gave the painting to Mignard at the Dorotheum.” This painting sold for 10,296.

So, who do you think painted this work? Contact me via the comments section.

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