By the 1930s, a private collector, probably Paul de Becker-Remy (b. 1897 - d. 1953) or his wife, Renée Lambert de Becker-Rémy (b. 1899 - d. 1987), Brussels; consigned by Becker-Rémy to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; December 8, 1949, anonymous sale (offered through Rosenberg and Stiebel), Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 58 [see note 1], to David M. Koetser Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Koetser to the MFA for $6000. (Accession Date: March 9, 1950) NOTES:  According to a letter from David Koetser to the MFA (February 20, 1950), this painting "was the property of a Belgian owner who sent it to Rosenberg and Stiebel just before the war. They in turn held the painting until recently, when the owner asked them to put it up for sale by auction." This painting and the previous lot in the auction, both cradled panels with approximately the same dimensions, were attributed in the catalogue to Herri met de Bles. They were both consigned by a "New York private collector". Lot 57 is now in the Princeton University Art Museum, and is known to have been in the collection of Paul de Becker-Rémy, Brussels, in 1930. It is likely that the MFA painting came from the same collection. Becker-Rémy and his wife, Renée Lambert, divorced in 1938. She moved to New York and sold other objects through Rosenberg and Stiebel in the 1950s.
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