A Young Woman Holding a Distaff before a Lit Candle, by Adam de Coster

A Young Woman Holding a Distaff before a Lit Candle, by Adam de Coster
 

Adam de Coster (Dutch, 1585/6 – 1643) painted this extraordinary portrait of a young woman illuminated by candlelight. This oil on canvas work measures 52 3/4 by 37 3/8 inches (134 by 94.9 cm), and it goes to auction at Sotheby’s, New York, on 25 January 2017, with an estimate of 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 USD. UPDATE: This master portrait sold for 4,850,000 USD, a new record for this artist, and more than twice it’s high estimate.

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