|Title||Portrait of a Tobacco Merchant.A Gentleman wearing a fur hat, Chinese robe, and holding a tankard, beside a window ledge with clay pipe and packet of tobacco|
|Medium & Size||Oil on canvas: 35 x 26 in. (frame: 42x34 in.) Later wood and maple veneered, 18th century Flemish style frame.|
|Price Band||£5,000 - £10,000|
The paper tobacco carton is inscribed w.andere, Zoorten van Tabac ZVR, and thought to be an early brand. The relaxed posture of the sitter, possibly the 'merchant', with tobacco and pipe so prominent suggests the portrait was commissioned as a form of advertisement. This would account for the work not being signed.
The quality of this painting is very high indeed, and by a highly accomplished Flemish artist, dated to about 1720.