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Rijksmuseum Acquires Sole Signed Painting by Gesina ter Borch

The Rijksmuseum has acquired the only signed painting by Gesina ter Borch (1631-1690), a member of one of the Netherlands’ most important artistic families of the seventeenth century. The work is a posthumous portrait of the artist’s younger brother Moses at the age of two. The artistic estate of the Ter Borch family entered the Rijksmuseum collection in 1886. It includes almost all Gesina ter Borch’s work, comprising 59 individual drawings and three albums of watercolor drawings.

Gesina ter Borch (1631–1690), Portrait of Moses ter Borch as a Two Year Old, after 1667
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The painting was discovered at an antiques dealership in France by art dealer Dickie Zebregs from Zebregs&Röell Fine Art and Antiques, Amsterdam and Maastricht. The Rijksmuseum was able to purchase this painting at TEFAF with the support of the ‘Women of the Rijksmuseum’ Fund.