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    A portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck of the musician Hendrick Liberti – in the collection of King Charles I at Whitehall by 1639 – highlights Christie’s Old Master and British paintings sale in London on December 2.  Unseen for almost a century it was lat sold at auction at Christie’s by the 8th Duke of Grafton in 1923.  The estimate is £2.5-3.5 million. The auction of 36 fresh to the market works includes a beautifully preserved and little known masterpiece of Willem van de Velde the Younger’s early maturity, A kaag and other vessels off an inlet on the Dutch coast, 1661 (£1.2-1.8 million); a view of  Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi on the Grand Canal by Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (£800,000-1.2 million); two rarely treated subjects by Pieter Brueghel the Younger: A country brawl, 1610 and The Good Shepherd (£700,000-1 million and £800,000-1.2 million respectively); a classic view of The Molo, Venice by Michele Giovanni Marieschi  (£500,000-800,000) and a selection of early Flemish works including a Portrait of a young nobleman by Joos van Cleve (£400,000-600,000) and a Holy Family by Jan Provoost  (£250,000-350,000).

    Sir Anthony van Dyck - Portrait of Henry Liberti.

    Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Hendrick Liberti.  UPDATE: THIS SO.D FOR £2,882,500

    Pieter Breughel the Younger - The Good Shepherd

    Pieter Breughel the Younger – The Good Shepherd

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