From 10 - 18 March 2018, The Weiss Gallery - leading dealer in Tudor, Stuart and northern European Old Master portraiture - returns to TEFAF Maastricht.
Highlights include a portrait of Edward VI of England (1537 - 1553), the much longed- for son and heir to Henry VIII by his third Queen, Jane Seymour. This bust-length portrait from the studio of court painter, William Scrots, is unique in its design, combining elements of two three-quarter-length versions by Scrots in the Royal collection, at Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. A jewel of a portrait, this undoubtedly significant commission is underlayed with silver leaf and overlayed with gold leaf, to shimmering effect.
Also displayed will be a monumental group portrait of a noble Flemish family, attributed to Otto van Veen (1556 - 1629), from circa 1615. A comparable work by Van Veen, on a similar scale, dated 1584, can be seen in the Louvre, Paris. Both present their sitters in an unusually informal and loosely structured composition. This sylvan scene is some years in advance of the pastoral settings so commonly found in the Dutch and Flemish group portraiture of the second half of the seventeenth century. The portrait provides a visual metaphor of the importance of family life, procreation, education and the grace of godly upbringing, beautifully conveyed by the symbolic and allegorical significance of the differing objects the family hold.
The Weiss Gallery will also present a distinctly English group portrait of children, from the same period as the Van Veen, to very different effect. Two brothers dressed in regal purple stand astride their young sister, who wears a fashionable red and white dress replete with farthingale hooped petticoat. She's bearing fruit - cherries and an upturned apple - to represent her own future fruitfulness. It's all about the finery; the coloured silks, the expensive lace, and golden aglets dangling from the boys' doublets, the embroidery, bows and rosettes. This iconographic and decorative style of painting represents a precious moment in British art where the formality of Elizabethan portraiture still infused the Jacobean aesthetic, before the informality of netherlandish art was brought over by the likes of Anthony van Dyck.
The Weiss Gallery has made many notable sales that now grace distinguished royal, private and public collections around the world. Gallery Director, Mark Weiss, is delighted to return to TEFAF Maastricht and comments: ‘As the world’s greatest fine art fair, I feel privileged to be an exhibitor and, as with previous years, yet again we will be displaying many newly discovered works, fresh to the market.’