Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 20

Circle of Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Pair of early 17th century Jacobean Portraits of Jane and William de Malbone

1620

$23,896.51

About

A pair of portraits of husband and wife Jane and William de Malbone. Priced individually but sold as a pair. The first portrait features Jane de Malbone aged 38 and dated 1620 with the inscription upper left 'Aetatis sue 38 : AN 1620'. She wears a black gown and hat with white lace ruff and cuffs and sleeves lined with red silk. Her clothes are adorned with expensive jewels, gold chains and coral beads, demonstrating her wealth and high status. A gold locket, possibly containing a portrait miniature of a loved one or a timepiece hangs from a chain at her waist and as well as wearing a ring with a precious stone on one finger, she wears a second ring attached to the lace of her cuff. She holds a finely worked gold handle of a fan in one hand and there is a gold key attached to her skirt, suggesting either more riches locked away or perhaps referring to a position of responsibility she holds. Dimensions: height 103 x width 81cm (in frame) The portrait of the gentleman is of her husband, William de Malbone aged 44 and dated 1621 with the inscription upper left 'Aetatis sua 44 : An Domini 1621' and family crest upper left. He is richly dressed wearing a black silk damask tunic with a fine white lace ruff and cuffs. He holds a scroll in one hand and his ruff band strings in the other, with a gold ring worn on his little finger. Oil on oak panel, in an ebonised wooden frame, with oak cradling to the reverse of the panel. Dimensions: height 87.5 x width 71.5cm (in frame) Provenance: The Right Hon. The Lord Stanley of Alderley Christies, London, 'Old Pictures', December 9, 1938, lot 28 and 29. Sold to Smedley-Aston Christies, London February 16, 1945, lot 129 Private collection, Isle of Wight The Malbones (or Malbons) were descended from the barons of Wich Malbank or Nantwich as it is known today in Cheshire, the first of whom came over from France in 1080AD. The barons were the owners of large swathes of land according to the Domesday Book. Following the end of the Barony, a line of Malbons are documented as living at Bradeley Hall, Haslington until 1726 and were there during the Civil War in 1642 when a Thomas Malbon recorded the events from the viewpoint of a Parliamentarian. According to the date and age inscribed on this portrait, the male sitter is probably a William Malbone (1584-1648), son of George Malbone and Matilda Leversage and brother of Thomas Malbone (1578-1658), a lawyer. The scroll in his hand indicates that he was probably a man of letters, perhaps a lawyer or politician. After several generations the Malbones clearly decided it was wise to leave national politics behind and to focus on managing their own land and business affairs. Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger was a Flemish artist working at the Tudor Court. He was born in Bruges and was brought to England as a child by his father, Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, who was also a painter. He became a fashionable portraitist in the last decade of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I under the patronage of her champion and pageant-master Sir Henry Lee of Ditchley and painted the portrait of Elizabeth known as the 'Ditchley Portrait' in 1592 as well as the full-length of the Queen's favourite, the Earl of Essex c1596. He later became a favourite portraitist of James I's queen, Anne of Denmark. Gheeraerts' portraiture in the Jacobean era is said to be characterised by the 'quietness, pensiveness and gentle charm of mood', seen in his portraits of Catherine Killigrew, Lady Jermyn (1614) and Lady Scudamore (1615). Anne of Denmark died in 1619 and although Gheeraerts was part of her funeral procession as 'Queen's Painter', his popularity at court began to decline as a new generation of artists began to arrive from the continent and for the last twenty years of his life he was mainly employed by the country gentry and by academic sitters. Gheeraerts died in January 1636.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Bath, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Bath, United Kingdom
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 2002
1stDibs seller since 2015
10 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
Associations
The British Antique Dealers' AssociationLAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques DealersInternational Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Portrait of Captain John Hyfield - 16th Century Oil
Located in London, GB
English School Mid 16th Century Portrait of Captain John Hyfield Oil on oak panel Image size: 16 ½ x 11 inches Early Frame Provenance: Sotheby’s, 2nd February 2001, lot 151. Th...
Category

16th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oak, Oil

Italian Rectangular Religious Oil on Canvas Painting with Gilt Wood Frame, 1733
Located in Firenze, IT
Don't miss the chance to buy this item at an unbelievable discounted price available for the holiday shopping season. This antique and impressive oil on canvas of big dimension (more...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Oil

CHILD - Angelo Granati Italian figurative oil on canvas painting
By Angelo Granati
Located in Napoli, IT
Child - Angelo Granati Italia 2013 -This is his reinterpretation of a greatest old master painting Le Goûter (Just a Taste) by W.A.Bouguereau. Oil on canvas cm. 110x90. Silver leaf...
Category

2010s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

BATH OF CARACALLA - Angelo Granati Italian figurative oil on canvas painting
By Angelo Granati
Located in Napoli, IT
Bath of Caracalla - Angelo Granati - Italia 2015 - Oil on canvas cm.90x120. This is his reinterpretation of a greatest old master painting "Favorit Poet" by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema...
Category

2010s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

Self-Portrait - Royal Academy Founding Member, 18th Century
By Francis Hayman
Located in London, GB
Francis Hayman RA 1708–1776 Self-Portrait Oil on oak panel Image size: 8 x 6¼ inches Contemporary gilt frame This newly discovered work is the earliest known self portrait by Franci...
Category

18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oak, Oil Pastel

Italian 18th Century Oval Religious Oil on Canvas Painting with Saint Dominic
By Francesco de Mura
Located in Firenze, IT
This beautiful Italian 18th Century old masters oil painting on oval canvas with giltwood frame is attributed to Francesco De Mura and features a religious scene. In this splendid o...
Category

18th Century Old Masters Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Head of an Angel
Located in New York, NY
Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Bologna 1574 - Milan 1625) Head of an Angel oil on paper laid down on canvas 12 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches (31.1 x 26 cm) Procaccini was born in Bologna, but his f...
Category

17th Century Old Masters Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paper, Oil

Portrait of a Man
Located in New York, NY
Circle of Bernard van Orley (Flemish, 1487/1491 – 1541) Portrait of a Man Oil on panel 11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) Provenance: with Leo Blumenreich and Julius Böhler, Munich,...
Category

16th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery