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Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox

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Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (copy after Peter Paul Rubens)
Title
Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox
Year
19th century
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
147,5 x 58 cm
Inventorynumber
R5538
Category
Paintings

Museum

Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed

Conclusion

When and from whom A.J.A. Kaminski acquired this painting is no longer known.

Explanation

Antwerp burgomaster Nicolaas Rockox commissioned Peter Paul Rubens to paint a triptych of St Thomas the Doubter in 1613-1615. The side panels showed Rockox (left) and his wife Adriana Perez (right). Many artists copied the work over the years, especially in the nineteenth century.
The paintings were impounded in December 1945 at De Lairesse auction house at Lairessestraat 147 in Amsterdam. They had been consigned by S.J. Bakker on behalf of A.J.A. (Alfons) Kaminski. Kaminski was a German art dealer with connections in the German army. During the Second World War he lived in the Netherlands (in Amsterdam, Bergen aan Zee, Winschoten and Emmen). In May 1945, he fled to Germany. Bakker testified that he had come into contact with Kaminski through his marine insurance practice; Kaminski made use of barges and dredgers etc. How and when he received the portraits of Rockox and his wife from Kaminski is not known. And how Alfons Kaminski acquired the paintings remains unknown, even after further investigation (SNK archive no 715.1044).

Reconstruction origin

? <> ?
A.J.A. Kaminski (art dealer), Amsterdam

Rijksdienst inventory

? <> 1945-12-21
S.J. Bakker, unknown

Rijksdienst inventory

1945-12-21
De Lairesse (auction), Amsterdam

Rijksdienst inventory

1945-12 <> 1949-09-20
Nederlands Beheersinstituut, The Hague

Rijksdienst inventory

1949-09-20 <> 1980
Algemeen Rijksarchief, The Hague

Rijksdienst inventory

1980
Acquired by Rijksdient from Algemeen Rijksarchief (National Archive)

Rijksdienst inventory

1980 <> present day
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands), Amersfoort