• Short Summary

    A LONG-LOST PAINTING, SAID BY MANY ART EXPERTS IN LONDON TO BE A WORK BY RUBEN, THE FLEMISH MASTER, HAS TURNED UP AT CHRISTIE'S, THE AUCTIONEERS.

  • Description

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    LS. EXT...CHRISTIE'S
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    2.
    CU. SIGN "CHRISTIE'S"
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    3.
    LV. NUDE WOMEN IN PAINTING
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    CU. DETAIL PAN ACROSS "THREE GRACES" PAN DOWN...LEGS
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    5.
    CU. WOMAN'S BODY DETAIL PAN UP...
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    CU. HEAD DETAIL
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    7.
    MV. DITTO AND FIGURE
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    8.
    MV. PAINTING
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    9.
    LV. DITTO
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    Initials JRG/V/CCT/JG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A LONG-LOST PAINTING, SAID BY MANY ART EXPERTS IN LONDON TO BE A WORK BY RUBEN, THE FLEMISH MASTER, HAS TURNED UP AT CHRISTIE'S, THE AUCTIONEERS. IT WILL GO UNDER THE HAMMER IN AUTUMN - AND PROBABLY SELL FOR WELL OVER GBP80,000. IT WAS LAST BOUGHT FOR A FEW SHILLINGS.

    THE PAINTING SHOWS PARIS OFFERING THE GOLDEN APPLE TO THE THREE GRACES. EXPERTS BELIEVE IT TO BE THE "THREE GRACES," A WORK MENTIONED BY RUBEN'S EXECUTORS. THE PAINTER'S FIRST WIFE DISLIKED IT SO MUCH SHE HAD IT SOLD.

    THE EIGHTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD WIDOW OF A PICTURE FRAMER, MR. EVA SAVAGE, THE PRESENT OWNER SENT IT TO LONDON FOR AUCTION WITH A MIXED BATCH OF OTHER PICTURES. HER HUSBAND BOUGHT IT 33 YEARS AGO FROM A GENERAL DEALER -- BECAUSE IT HAD AN ATTRACTIVE FRAME.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DEPUTY SURVEYOR OF PAINTINGS (MR. OLIVER MILLAR) WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO IDENTIFY IT. HE THOUGHT IT TO BE AN EARLY WORK, PROBABLY PAINTED IN ABOUT 1600 WHEN RUBENS WAS WORKING IN THE COURT OF THE DUKE OF MANTUA IN ITALY.

    LONDON'S NATIONAL GALLERY EXPERTS ARE EYEING THE PAINTING WITH INTEREST, THOUGH THEY ALREADY HAVE ONE "JUDGEMENT OF PARIS," PAINTED 30 YEARS LATER BY RUBENS. WIDOW SAVAGE'S RUBENS WENT TO THE SALES ROOMS LISTED AS A WORK OF LANKRINK, A 17TH CENTURY COPYIST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7E69BOI4J7JNA2XWJ4U77CEF0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E69BOI4J7JNA2XWJ4U77CEF0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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