signed lower right: Maes
Possibly Leonard Winninx (b. 1616 - d. 1691), and Helena van Heuvel (b. 1638 - d. 1698), Amsterdam (original commission) [see note 1]. 1890, Sir George Donaldson (b. 1845 - d. 1925), London [see note 2]. Jules Porgès (b. 1839 - d. 1921), Paris; by descent within the family to Michel Porgès (b. 1908 - d. 1999), New York; by descent to his son, Charles-Edmond Porgès, Berkeley, about 1978, Denenberg Fine Art, Boston. 1979, private collection [see note 3]. November 24, 1981, anonymous sale (consigned by a gallery), Christie's, New York, lot 97, unsold. 1981, Mr. and Mrs. Steven B. Belkin, Weston, MA; 1989, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Steven B. Belkin to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989) NOTES:  An unattributed portrait of Helena van Heuvel appears in the posthumous inventory of her husband, Leonard Winninx, in 1693 (June 17, 1693, p. 4, no. 13b.). The identification of the MFA painting is based upon an old inscription on the reverse.  E. W. Moes, "Iconographia Batava" (Amsterdam: Frederik Muller, 1897), vol. 1, p. 418, no. 3479. Donaldson was an art dealer.  It was lent from a private collection to the exhibition "17th Century Dutch Painting: Raising the Curtain on New England Private Collections" (Worcester Art Museum, 1979), cat. no. 14.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Steven B. Belkin