Pieter Codde usually painted sophisticated gatherings in rather spartan interiors. Here he applied that same formula to his full-length portrait of a young husband and wife. They stand close to one another, hand in hand, and are most likely only recently married. They wear their finest outfits with fashionable collars and expensive jewels. Codde captured the opulence of their clothing in meticulous detail, right down to the wedding ring on the woman’s index finger.
upper right, above the door: 16 PC 34 PC in ligature
Willem, Count Van Aldenburg Bentinck and Waldeck-Limpurg and heirs, before 1882-1912 (on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1901-1903, inv. no. 651); inherited by Willem Frederik Charles Henry, Count Van Aldenburg Bentinck (1880-1958), Middachten, De Steeg, 1912-1944; gift to A. Nijstad, 1944; sold to J.G. Wigman on behalf of D. Katz Gallery,The Hague, 22 February 1944; E. Göpel, The Hague, 1944; Adolf Hitler, Führermuseum, Linz, 1944; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (inv. no. NK 2550); on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1948-1960; transferred, 1960
This painting is part of the Netherlands Art Property Collection (‘NK collection’): objects that were stolen, seized or purchased during the Nazi regime. After the Second World War they were placed under the administration of the Dutch State. In recent decades, applications for restitution are taken into consideration again and some objects have been returned to the heirs of their rightful owners.