JOHANNES VOLLEVENS II (THE HAGUE 1685-1759)
Portrait of a gentleman, three-quarter-length, wearing a breastplate and Order of the Elephant
signed and dated ‘J Vollevens / Février. f 1710’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (52.1 x 44.2 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Bonhams, Knightsbridge, 11 June 2013, lot 142.
The Order of the Elephant was founded in 1457 by King Christian I of Denmark and Norway (1426-81) and is the highest Danish Order which until 1808 was distributed to only royals.