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  • A PORTRAIT OF 16th CENTURY QUEEN OF SPAIN IN WATERFORD

    Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

    Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

    A portrait of a 16th century Queen of Spain comes up at auction in Waterford on April 7.  Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-1580) is at R.J. Keighery’s sale in Waterford.  The Queen is depicted in a heavily embroidered  dress with lace collar.  The portrait is attributed to the Portuguese artist Alonso Sanchez Coello (1531-1588), a pioneer of Spanish portrait painting, and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    It was purchased at the estate sale at Mount Loftus, Powerscourt, Co. Kilkenny in 1965.  It is lot number 903 in a sale of 959 lots which includes antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles.

    UPDATE:  The work was withdrawn at 7,000 and remained unsold.

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