Bernard Lens (British, 1682-1740), after Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) Self-portrait of the artist, wearing black doublet slashed to reveal white chemise, his broad collar resting on his shoulders

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Bernard Lens
(British, 1682-1740)
after Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
Self-portrait of the artist, wearing black doublet slashed to reveal white chemise, his broad collar resting on his shoulders

Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,768) inc. premium
Bernard Lens (British, 1682-1740), after Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
Self-portrait of the artist, wearing black doublet slashed to reveal white chemise, his broad collar resting on his shoulders.
Watercolour on ivory, signed on the obverse with monogram BL, signed on the reverse, dated and inscribed Sr Anthony Van Dyck/ Pictor/ after y original/ Painted by Himself/ Bernard Lens fecit/ 1736, turned and stained wood frame with gilded inner border, the reverse inscribed Vandyke.
Oval, 77mm (3 1/16in) high

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  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
    Provenance:
    The Collection of Lieutenant Colonel C. M. Sickling;
    Sotheby's, London, 1948, lot 109;
    Sotheby's, London, 26 March 1973, lot 28

    The present lot is a copy after Van Dyck's final self-portrait of 1640, a work of huge national importance, being, as it is, one of only three self-portraits known to have been painted by Van Dyck while in Britain. The painting dates from the very end of Van Dyck's life and presents a direct, intimate image of an artist at work. He shows himself fashionably dressed but apparently in the act of painting, the line of his right shoulder and sleeve suggesting his hand is applying paint to a canvas just out of sight. Van Dyck's self-portrait is currently subject to an extended export bar. In order to secure the work for the nation, the Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery in London have until 20 July to raise £10 million, reduced from the £12.5 million originally paid for the portrait by an overseas buyer (correct at the time of going to press).

    Bernard Lens frequently produced miniature copies of full-scale oil portraits by Van Dyck, Dahl, Kneller and Lely amongst others (R. Walker, Miniatures: A Selection of Miniatures in the Ashmolean Museum, 1997, p.30). An earlier version of the present miniature signed with the artist's gilt-monogram and dated 1718, sold at Sotheby's, London on 26 November 1992 (lot 365).

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  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
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