Lot 226

Attributed to Frans Pourbus The Younger (Flemish, 1569–1622): Portrait of a Noble Woman, possibly Margaret (Margarita) Gonzago Duchess of Savoy, bust length facing dexter, wearing a pearl hairpiece centered by a circular jewel and with a white feather, pendant earrings, and a pearl necklace, fine high lace collar, her blue grey silk dress richly embroidered in gilt thread, a pink ribbon rosette fixed to her breast with a further large gold jewel with pendant baroque pearl, a pink silk band with silvered motifs is tied around her left arm, against a dark background, inscribed upper left '1611', oil on oak panel, probably cut down from a full length portrait, 76.5 by 58.5cm (30 by 23 inches), in a varnished wooden frame with giltwood slip, 82 by 75cm (32¼ by 29½ inches).
Provenance: Private Collection, purchased Christie's, Old Master Pictures, Sale 1996, 27th February 1981, Lot 81.
Notes: with original receipt, Christie's sale catalogue, and receipts for restoration work. Card label '9553' to frame and white chalk '81' lot number.
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