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Investigating the Authenticity and Attributions of Works of Art believed to be by;

Willem Adriaensz. Key (1515/6-1568)

(Breda c. 1515/6-1568 Antwerp)

Flemish renaissance painter of history subjects and portraits

 

 From a family of Belgian painters, a pupil of Pieter Coecke van Aelst in Antwerp. Many of his paintings, particularly his large works were lost during the sacking of Antwerp at the hands of the Spanish.

  With all fine art, it is clearly very important is to be able to distinguish between those works that were actually executed by an artist or his workshop, to those either 'claiming' to be, or that we are told were created by the artist in question as an attribution, which in reality is only an opinion.  So there is a very real need to be able to identify those works of art that are actually authentic and those that are illegitimate.

 So the questions will remain, is a newly discovered work of art purportedly by Willem Adriaensz Key a legitimate example of the artists œuvre, or is an already applied attribution to the artist both appropriate and correct and from what level of qualification did it actually come? And lastly, is the description of a work of art itself reliable and ultimately sound? Many sadly are not.

 The generally accepted terminology used in descriptions of a work of art presented at auction are set out in greater detail later on this page but it is worth remembering that with each quite specific variation of wording, there is always a distinct difference with the possible final value of the piece.

 

In any of these respects we can certainly help you.

 

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 As an international specialist fine art consultancy, based in Europe and the UK in order to undertake all our European Old Master art investigation and research work archivally and multilingually, we have been confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients from all over the world now for well over 45 years.

In so doing, we have investigated both single works of art and complete collections for clients. Conducted in-depth authentication and legitimacy investigations and directed full academic and forensic applications, researching the origins of works of art, from different geographical regions, genres and eras. We also fully scrutinize and conduct research to verify the provenance and ownership lineage as a matter of due diligence.

 

 We are able to assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of the authenticity and attributions of Flemish and International fine art, including the works of Key, his studio and direct circle and any other work of art that you need assistance or advice with.

 Just a few examples associated with his name appear below as comparative illustrations.

*No inference is made, nor is it intended as to the question of legitimacy here. Moreover these are an across the board, representational view of the differing types of works of art that have, are or may in the future be offered and advertised for sale at auction internationally in the public domain, that you could need specialist advise on.

 

 

 

 

     
Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568)
Christ the Redeemer holding the Cross
Oil on panel
Sold USD $ 100,000.00
Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568)
The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on panel
Sold EURO €87,800.00
WILLEM KEY (1515/6-1568)
PIETÀ
Oil on panel
Sold GBP £32,500.00
     
     
Willem Key (1515/16-1568)
Portrait of an old lady, bust-length, in a black dress with a white collar and headdress
Oil on panel, an oval
Sold EURO €7,500.00
Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568)
Portrait of a twenty nine year old man in a leather collar and white ruff, dated above 1567 and inscribed with the age of the sitter
Oil on panel
Sold EURO €23,480.00

Willem Key (1515/20-1568 ) and Studio
Christ Carrying the Cross
Oil on panel
Est 25,000 $35,000 Not sold

Eventually Sold USD $8,750.00

     
     
Circle of Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568)
CHRIST IN THE HOUSE OF MARTHA AND MARY
Oil on panel
Sold EURO €21,600.00
Circle of Willem Key (1515/16-1568)
Isaac blessing Jacob with the presence of Rebecca, with Esau returning from the hunt in the background Oil on panel
Estimate Euro €60,000 - €80,000.00
Sold EURO €301,500.00
Attributed to Willem Key (1515/16-1568)
RECTO: THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI VERSO: THE VISITATION
Oil on oak panel
Sold GBP £75,000.00
     
     

FOLLOWER OF WILLEM ADRIAENSZ. KEY
(flemish 1515-1568)
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
Oil on panel

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

 

Copy: Framed 19th Century Continental School Oil on Canvas of the Deposition of Christ, inscribed "Willem Key Pieta 1568" and stamped "J. DUPIN..." on the stretchers.

Estimate: $300 - $500

Follower of Willem Key (Breda circa 1515-1568 Antwerp)

Portrait of an elderly lady of the van Heemstra family of Friesland, three-quarter-length, holding a pair of gloves and with her right hand resting on a skull
inscribed and dated 'AETAT.70/1617' (upper right) and charged with the coat-of-arms of the Martena de Burmania and the van Heemstra families of Friesland (upper left)
oil on panel

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

     

 

 

 

 

 

Art Authentication & Attribution Investigations

 

 

   The duration and the direction of any authenticity investigation or inquiry into an attribution of a work of art will inevitably vary from project to project. But there are clear and very well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can formally assist you with. These include:

 

  • Authentication: Authentification:   Conducting comprehensive investigations and in depth research into a work of art, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification. One absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or given expert on that artist. Directing detailed and complicated inquiries, with multilingual capability, including any international academic research and forensic applications that are required.

 

  •  Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most likely originated. Including the re-examination and investigation of a previous attribution which may be incorrect, or the scrutiny of an attribution that has been formally questioned or is currently formally doubted.

 

  •  Confirmation:  Undertaking research and investigations into the legitimacy of the provenance, history and prior ownership of a work of art and establishing its accuracy and own legitimacy.

  •  Scrutiny: Examen minutieux:  Identifying fake or faux works of art and forgeries, including any false supportive accompanying documentation and determining works of art which may be studio or later copies, or previously given, incorrect attributions.

  •  Prosecution: Poursuite:  Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are currently, or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes colleagues who are legal professionals and individual private clients.

  •  Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care inquiries. Including safe prepurchase or sale related audits and assisting clients in consolidating well balanced future family distribution.

 

  •  Appraisal: Évaluation -  Valuations and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

The Pre-Authentication Assessment

  

 

 We strongly advise clients before embarking on a full investigation of legitimacy or an artist or studio attribution inquiry, that it is always wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment conducted first. One made to balance any issues that may be present that could make the longer term exercise unviable.

 This is a professional advisory service that we provide, based upon the images you supply, the full details of work of arts acquisition, its history and provenance as is known to you, along with sight of any documentation, previous research or analysis that you may have had formerly conducted on it. You should then have a far better understanding of both the prospects or any pitfalls we might face, before making a decision.

This is a logical and cost effective professional review and advisory for which there is a modest set fee.

Our FAQ section covers this in more detail, or:

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ABOUT A WORK OF ARTS DESCRIPTOR AND TERMINOLOGY

 

  *It is very important to clearly understand the auction terms that are commonly used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be created in the 'manner of' the artist, or those which could be variants of the artists works of art that 'bear a signature' or monogram. In this case as if they were defining the creations of the artistWillem Adriaensz. Key (1515/6-1568)

 

  •  Where the name, Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568) is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually cited as, Willem Adriaensz Key   including the dates to be specific, then in their qualified and professional opinion, they are in no doubt. It is a genuine and authentic item and one painted by that artist. This is usually fully qualified by its inclusion in any catalogue raissone, or by the guarantee of the opinion given by appropriate and internationally recognized expert authority on the artist.
  •  When Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568) is the term used, or it is similarly defined as Attrib. to ' [abbreviated,] or Attribue, or ascribed to, then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But... there is no guarantee. It is only an opinion that it 'possibly' may be by the artist.
  •  But if the term Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568) - circle of, entourage, or “Circle of ” Willem Adriaensz Key is specifically used, then in their opinion, it is a work only of the period of the artist, but showing their influence. Or by someone closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by their pupil or student.
  •  When the name is given thus; Painted in the “Style of or “Follower of Willem Adriaensz Key (1515/6-1568) is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s way, their 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. Yet it may be a contemporary, or nearly a contemporary of the artist.
  •  If the phrase in the “Manner of Willem Adriaensz Key is used or is defined….” then in their opinion it is also only a work painted in the style of the artist, but of a later date and definitely not by the artist as named.
  •  When the term “After…. Willem Adriaensz Key "; is the term used, then in their opinion it is a copy (made at any date) of an authentic and original work by the artist. This also applies to prints made 'after' an original work of art either by the artist or another artist/ printmaker.
  •  Signed - Willem Adriaensz Key ; “Dated….” or “Inscribed ” Then in their opinion the work has been signed/dated/or inscribed by that specific artist. The addition of a question mark ? however, indicates a strong element of doubt.
  •  When the term 'Bears signature', is used or the name, Willem Adriaensz Key is specified followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With ......inscription….” or “Bears signature of Willem Adriaensz Key / date / or inscription” Then in 'their opinion,' either the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

 

We can assist and advise you in all fine art related matters.



 

 

 

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George Armfield Mary Cassatt
Cy Twombly
George Morland
Henri Martin Henri Edmond Cross
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Massimo Campigli
Kees van Dongen Leon de Smet
Victor Brauner
Auguste Herbin
Charles Camoin Moise Kisling
Jean-Pierre Cassigneul
Jean Metzinger
Alfons Walde Alfred Sisley
Andre Lhote
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Barend Cornelis KOEKKOEK Alfred Stevens
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Alexander Archipenko Isaac Israels
Henri Fantin-Latour
Odilon Redon
Hendrik Willem Mesdag Henri Gervex
Paul Serusier
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Matthijs Maris Maxime Maufra
John Brett
GRIMSHAW John Atkinson Edward Seago
Jack Butler Yeats
Maximillien Luce
VALADON Suzanne Francis Picabia
Jean Francois Millet
Leon Lhermitte
FLINT Sir William Russell Augustus John
Winston Churchill
Paul Maze
David Cox Snr Myles Birket Foster
Thomas Bush Hardy
Philip Wison Steer
Paul Sandby Edward Lear R.A.
William Henry Hunt
Richard Parkes Bonington
David Roberts RA John Sell Cotman
William Hogarth
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J A Park Walter Wm Sickert
Lamorna Birch
Frank Auerbach
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Glyn Philpot
Christopher Wood
Archibald Thorburn William J. Glacken
Helen Allingham
Marcel Dyf
Andreas Schelfhout Anders Zorn
Charles Conder
Edward Ladell

Horatio Henry Couldery

Dorothea Sharp Thomas Blinks
Henry Herbert La Thangue John William Waterhouse
William Henry Margetson
Jean-Leon Gerome Jasper Johns
Henri Lebasque Louis Valtat
Benjamin Williams Leader Hector Caffierri
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Arthur Wardle
Spencer Gore Sir Robin Philipson
Heywood Hardy Mary Fedden
Joan Mitchell Sigmar Polke
Alexander Calder Helen Frankenthaler
Per Kirkeby John Duncan Fergusson
Roderic O'Coner Giovanni Boldini
Bernardo Bellott Alexander Nasmyth
Giandomenico Tiepolo Francesco Zuccarelli
Francisco de Zurbaran Giovanni Battista Salvi- Sassoferrato
Guido Reni Sir Thomas Lawrence
Peter van de Veld Guido Cagnacci
Nicolas Poussin Claude Lorraine
Ludovico Carracci John Martin
Frans Snyders Pieter Coecke van Aels
Jean-Antoine Watteau Ferdinand Bol
Orazio Gentileschi Bartololome Esteban Murillo
Marcantonio Franceschini Ramonn Casas
Lorenzo Lippi John Singleton Copley
Jean-Paul Riopell Leon Spilliaert
Arthur Lismer Lawren Harris
Frank (Franz) Johnston J E H MacDonald
Fred Varley Maud Lewis
Robert Wakeham Pilot Arthur Shilling
Marc-Aurele Fortin Ferdinand Hodler
Clarence Alphonse Gagnon Jean Paul Lemieu
Dorothea Tanning Thomas Hart Benton
Emile Claus Rik Wouters
George Frederic Watts Sir Stanley Spencer
Emil Nolde Franz Marc
Konstantin Somov Kuzma Petrov-Vodki
Alexei Venetsianov Ilya Repin
Konstantin Gorbatov Nicholas Roerich
Mario Carreno Alfredo Martinez
Ludwig Deutsch
Carl Larsson Sanduº Darie
Rufino Tamay Johann Friedrich Overbeck
George Grosz Kurt Schwitter
Max Beckmann Grant Wood
Frank Weston Benson Frans Hals
Clyfford Still Richard Diebenkorn
Jan Lieven George Bellows
Michael Dahl Frederick McCubbi
Louis Anquetin Sir John Lavery
Maxfield Parrish Francis Newton Souz
Vasudeo S. Gaitonde Raja Ravi Varma
Grandma Moses Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Guy Pene Du Bois Adolph Gottlieb
Umberto Boccioni Piero di Cosimo
Charles Willson Peale Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa
Óscar Domínguez Sir David Wilkie
Albert Joseph Moore Jose María Mijares
Santiago Rusinol Joaquin Mir
Jose Gutierrez Solana Maria Blanchard
Jean Dubuffet Anne Vallayer-Coster
Gustave Jean Jacquet Marie Laurencin
Leonora Carrington Jacques-Emile Blanch
Jules Bastien-Lepage Félix Ziem
Weber Max Neel Alice
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Theodore Robinson Giotto di Bondoni
Konstantin Yuo George Dunlop Leslie
Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo) Willard Leyroy Metcalf
Millais John Everett
Jean Joseph Constany Chevallier Tayler Albert
Simeon Solomon Eric Ravilious
John Opie Dirck van Baburen
William Etty Mary Beale
Pedro Berruguete Cornelius Johnson
       
       

 

 

 

 

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