Historical Painting of King William of Orange Due Under the Hammer

A handsome painting of King William III in action at the Battle of the Boyne is up for sale at Bloomfield Auctions in Belfast.

The equestrian portrait shows King William III on horseback amid the battlefield during the famous Battle of the Boyne.

Following analysis by a specialist in English Baroque painting at the Tate Britain, the provenance of the painting, which dates from approximately 1693 may be attributed to the Anglo – Dutch painter Jan Wyck, in collaboration with the Dutch portrait painter Constantijn Netscher.  

The Tate Britain consulted with experts at the RKD, the Dutch art historical institute in The Hague and it is believed the two artists worked together to create the handsome picture, Jan Wyck for the battle and rearing grey horse elements and Constantijn Netscher for the head of King William III. 

The painting is consistent with a late British Baroque style and the setting of the scene is the Battle of the Boyne which took place on 1st July 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and King William III, the husband of Queen Mary II.

Sotheby’s London also researched the history of the painting and believe it was produced in 1693, three years after the Battle of the Boyne and is part of an enthusiastic celebration of the King by his Protestant subjects.  It is a detailed picture by a highly competent horse painter with the collaboration of a good portrait artist.  

Bloomfield Auctions will also be selling an American sterling silver coffee/tea service by Gorham.

It belonged to the American socialite Esther McCreery in her 1920/30s heyday living in Hillsboro, California.

The auction house believes the tea service would have been used when Ms McCreery entertained Bob & Delores Hope, Daniel Boon and Charlie Chaplin among others.

It travelled with her when she was in the Bahamas, Australia and other parts of the world, and was used when entertaining the young Prince Philip when he attended a polo match in the US.

Bloomfield Auctions’ managing director Karl Bennett said they expect a lot of interest in the sale.

Bloomfield Auctions’ Managing Director, Karl Bennett said, “We are excited to be able to bring to auction this historical painting of King William at the Battle of the Boyne and are expecting a good deal of interest. The painting is a very attractive item and will hopefully appeal to a wide range of groups, both locally and further afield.  

“Although the painting is indistinctly signed and partially dated, from investigations and The Tate Britain and Sotheby’s analysis, we are confident it was painted by Jan Wyck and Constantijn Netscher circa 1693 and will make a great collector’s piece.”

The oil painting has an estimated value of £30,000 to £40,000 with the service valued at £6,000 to £7,000. The sale will take place on Tuesday 23rd January both online and in the auction house. Visit www.bloomfieldauctions.co.uk for more information.