Treasure Box

Circle of Cornelius Jonson


Hidden within this little turned ivory box, the lid carved with a rose, lies a small oil on copper portrait of a bearded gentleman set against a vermillion background wearing a black doublet and a white lace ruff with tassels.

Born in London in 1593, Cornelius Jonson Van Ceulen is better known for his large oil portraits. He worked in London until about 1643 before travelling to Holland where he died in 1661. According to Reynolds (English Portrait Miniatures, 1952), Jonson was friends with fellow miniaturist John Hoskins as the latter gifted him a self-portrait sketch which was later sold on by Johnson’s son.

The portrait is in good condition with just a couple of spots of in-painting to the background. The box has some old staining and there is slight give to the outer rim of the lid.

Item Ref. JH021

Size: closed box, 70 x 57mm