Emilie den Tonkelaar, art historian in the service of the the Hague art dealers Hoogstraten & Hoogstraten, receives regular reports from individuals who mistakenly believe a real Rubens or Rembrandt to possess.Read also Fiercely protest against Dutch royals that sketch of Rubens decided to auction: “this expenditure was from the public treasury”
But the Flemish private at the beginning of 2018 over the internet one of the oil sketches of the baroque master in research offered, turned out to really have something in your hands, " she says in the Volkskrant. "I saw it and thought: here we have to take a good look at it," says den Tonkelaar in the newspapers.
'The secular hierarchy in adoration', as the work is titled, is by a dozen Rubens-experts recognized as an authentic piece. The find is exceptional. The latter discovered oil sketch by Rubens dates from a few decades ago.Bad condition
The work would be in bad condition, reads it in the newspapers. A gift Rubens-sketch is 5 million euros or more worth, but by the battered state will be that price not be met, says Friso Lammertse, curator at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.