Queen Esther Supplicating King Ahasuerus, (painting)
VanDyck (attributed to)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 300 (Sale info: To Be Auctioned).
"To attempt a description worthy the merits of this exquisite production would be futile, more particularly after the justice done it in this respect for so many years by its late possessor, who prized it, next to the last supper, by Michael Angelo, beyond all and every thing else in his collection. The writer of this is assured that on one occasion the sum of nine thousand dollars was tendered Mr. Paff for the picture, but he was abso- lutely afraid to part with it, lest thereby he should part with his peace of mind at the same time, (such is the effect of fine pictures on the human mind) declaring that the lowest price at which he could be induced to dispose of it was twenty-five thousand dollars. . . . that Europe can produce a cabinet picture of more exquisite quality than the present, is doubtful, certainly not one more interesting in its subject, presenting as it does portraits of the most eminent personages connected with the stated, and the arts; amongst whom may be discovered Rembrandt, Titian, Paul Veronese, Vandyke, Sir Thomas More, the Misses Whartons, and others." [P. 13-4; excerpt from a 90- line text on the value and saleability of the picture; indicated in catalogue as an attribution only to the artist named.]
Catalogue of the Extensive and Valuable Collection of Pictures, Engravings, & Works of Art, now Exhibiting, at the Store of Mr. Platt, No. 6 Spruce-Street, adjoining the Building of the New-York Tract Society, opposite the City Hall, collected by Michael Paff, Esq., of this city, dec'd. Vinten, Catalogue & Job Printer, 63 Vesey Street.