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Josse Lieferinxe
Abraham and the Three Angels

about 1495-1500
oil on panel
45.9 x 66.6 cm (18-1/8 x 26-1/4 in)
Vicomte Bernard d' Hendecourt, Paris and London. [1] (Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 9 May 1934, no.136 as Attributed to Antonello da Messina); (Guiseppi Bellesi, London). [2] (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 10 October 1935 as Antonello da Saliba; gift to the National Gallery of Art in 1939; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift to Denver Art Museum, no. 1961.158. [1] A painting of this subject was offered at the d'Hendecourt sale at Sotheby's, London, 8 May 1929, no. 110 as Italian School, Angels in the House of Abraham. The dimensions in the sale catalogue do not match those of the Denver picture, but given the unusual subject and the association of the Denver picture with Hendecourt, a dealer in Paris also associated with Durlacher Brothers, London, it is possible that the picture in the 1929 sale is that now in Denver. [2] Printed buyer list insert gives the buyer as Bellisi, but this is almost certainly a misspelling and refers to the dealer Guiseppi Bellesi who was active in London at that time and often sold to Contini.
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