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mariajosé
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Portugal
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Posted - Mar 14 2020 :  07:00:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This funny little oil painting on a very old panel (15,5 x 12,8cm) of a woman smoking a pipe was bought in 1942 by my grandfather. The bill says "école du Nord Cyriacus Bril". That does not seem to correspond with what I find on the web. Could C.B. or G.B. be someone else? Would "du Nord" mean the north of France or further north? Thanks in advance,
regards,

Maria-José.



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bodo
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Germany
48 Posts

Posted - Mar 14 2020 :  09:20:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'Ecole du Nord' means Flemish & Dutch, which is correct here. But C.Bril was just a wild guess, the C.B. is not an initials monogram but an abbreviation of the family name and stands for Craesbeeck, being Joos van Craesbeeck (*1625). The Nordics often did that, Van Couwenbergh also signed C.B. But this is a Craesbeeck signed all over.

The work signed C.B. seems to always be ascribed to the master himself, the unsigned ones to "Follower of Craesbeeck".

Google ususally shows a painter's biggest, best and most recently sold work, but smaller and minor items like yours appear at auction regularly. Recently an even tinier (but funnier) Craesbeeck signed CB ran way up at auction: https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/two-great-scottish-collections-l17317/lot.452.html?locale=en

Remarkable that it should surface in Portugal where other Craesbeecks settled. Any connection there?
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angelo
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Italy
176 Posts

Posted - Mar 14 2020 :  11:03:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Maria-Josè

I think Bodo could be right , as for period of the painter , the subject and the monograms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joos_van_Craesbeeck


Regards

Angelo

Edited by - angelo on Mar 14 2020 11:07:27
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arb
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Netherlands
803 Posts

Posted - Mar 14 2020 :  11:36:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes spot on, an early Craesbeeck. Wiki says:

"it is believed that his earliest works are largely indebted to the subject matter and style of Brouwer"

This lady (well lady, she is probably a prostitute...) might at first glance indeed be by Adriaen Brouwer who was his friend and teacher.
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mariajosé
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Portugal
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Posted - Mar 15 2020 :  06:58:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much, Bodo. The name Craesbeeck was not familiar to us, but we now understand it was a printers family here in Lisbon even before this painting was made. It never crossed our minds C.B. could mean a surname only. I made a pic of the back




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bodo
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Germany
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Posted - Mar 17 2020 :  08:07:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

That is the 17th Century hand carved oak panel one would want to see with a quality Flemish genre piece. The collection code might be known to major auction houses. The number is in a 19th C. type. Could be from the Bernheim collection. The British Museum sold minor work and duplicates off quite often, all their marks contain' BM'. But low numbers like these often refer to French and German noble houses.
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