A portrait of Rembrandt sold for more than 30 times its estimate—could it be by the Dutch master himself?

Manner of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, A portrait of the artist (around 1628) © Christies Images Limited 2019

A portrait of Rembrandt from The Bass collection in Miami vaulted 30 times over its pre-sale estimate to fetch $550,000 ($675,000 with fees) at Christies in New York last week.

Catalogued as “manner of Rembrandt”, the high price has prompted speculation over whether the rather heavily overpainted and undated canvas is in fact an autograph work.

“The picture is certainly intriguing,” says Anthony Crichton-Stuart, the director of the London gallery Agnews. “I wouldnt say yes, no or maybe. We will just have to see.” He adds: “Whoever bought it must have done their research and have had a compelling reason to bid several hundred thousand dollars on it.”

For several minutes, it was two online bidders who pushed up the price to $120,000 (the painting came to auction with no reserve), at which point the Christies specialist John Hawley jumped in. He eventually won it on behalf of an anonymous client bidding on the phone.

But Jan Six, the Dutch dealer who has made several Rembrandt discoveries in recent years, believes the portrait is by Rembrandts pupil, Isaac de Jouderville. “I looked at the painting for a very long time, and I tried to place it within Rembrandts oeuvre, roughly at the moment when he looks like that,” he says.

“Its clearly Rembrandts face, but its not the way he would depict himself and its not his painterly style. If you look at the age of the sitter and the fact that hes got a more elongated face, which is quite idiosyncratic for one artist I would put my money on: Isaac de Jouderville.”

Six points to the pendant portraits of Jean Pellicorne and his son Caspar and Susanna van Collen and her daughter Anna in the Wallace Collection in London. There has been much scholarly debate over whether or not they are by Rembrandt; Six opines that the adults are by the Dutch master, but the children are by De Jouderville.

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