Miniature painting – ‘Drunken Silenus supported by Satyrs’ after Van Dyck, c. 1890


‘Drunken Silenus supported by Satyrs’, after Van Dyck’s 1620 painting now in the National Gallery, London. 

Miniature on ivory, finely painted & framed in a double ormolu frame with red velvet ground. 

Stamp to the back “Vom Bundesdenkmalamt zur Ausfuhr freigegeben” around a central Austrian Eagle, 

translation: “Approved for export by the Federal Monuments Office of Austria”


Circa 1890  

This stamp was used in the 1918-34 period, when Austria forbid the export of ‘Works of Art’ without a permit; this stamp is the ‘permission to export’. 

The original Old Master this was copied from has been a part of the National Gallery’s collection in London since 1871. It originally came from the collection of Rubens, from his studio, and is described as ‘Possibly Van Dyck’.




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