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Lot 39: Jacobus Houbraken: Portrait George Frideric Handel

Est: $100 USD - $500 USDPassed
500 GalleryFebruary 01, 2020Franklin, MA, US

Item Overview


Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780): Portrait George Frideric Handel. Copper engraving on paper. Signed in plate "J. Houbraken sculps. Below the portrait is a scene from Alexander's Feast. Framed.


20 x 14 inches framed.

Artist or Maker

Condition Report

Aged condition, lower and upper right corners are discolored. There is a very small area of paper loss on the sitter's right shoulder.


Private collection.


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Payment & Shipping


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Auction Details

New Year Modern & African Art Sale Timed Sale

500 Gallery
February 01, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

1243 Pond Street, Franklin, MA, 02038, US


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Bidding Increments


Extended Bidding

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Payments over USD 1000

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Buyers are responsible for shipping charges..

To make your buying experience more enjoyable, we have an in-house shipping service, and shipping cost will be listed on your invoice.

We carefully pack all pieces, and ship via insured carriers.

Most shipments heading for destinations in the USA are delivered by insured UPS or Priority Mail.

Our preferred carrier for valuable shipments to other countries is DHL, with International Priority mail service used for more cost-conscious buyers.

Buyers' Premium & Sales Tax

This auction has a buyers' premium of 35%, which is charged based on the winning bid (hammer) price.

Bidders from Massachusetts, those having us deliver to addresses in Massachuestts, and any lots picked up at our gallery will be charged Massachusetts Sales Tax (6.25%)



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