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Christie’s defends attribution over $4.3m Rubens

THE attribution of an oil sketch to Sir Peter Paul Rubens has pitted experts at Sotheby’s and Christie’s against each other after it hammered for $4.3m in New York last month.

The painting was bought by a UK dealer for €10,000 (£8000) at Christie’s in Amsterdam in June 2015 when it was catalogued as ‘after Sir Anthony Van Dyck’.

Restoration work commissioned by the purchaser removed strips of canvas and overpaint that had been added in the 19th century, to reveal a smaller 22in (56cm) wide oil sketch. It was offered at Sotheby’s in New York on 25 January 2017 as Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Study Of A Horse With A Rider.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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