The 2ft 3in x 21¼in (68 x 54cm) oil on panel is attributed to Willem Willemsz van der Vliet (c.1584-1642), a Dutch artist who joined the Delft painters’ guild in 1615. While few of his works are known to have survived, it is believed he began his career as a history painter but later became more recognised as a portraitist.
The sitter has traditionally been identified as Reinier Pauw, a salt and grain merchant who became mayor of Amsterdam, a deputy in the States General and also a judge.
Consigned from a private UK collection, it is estimated at £10,000-15,000 at Roseberys.
With the sale also featuring Victorian pictures, an Edward William Cooke (1811-80) fishing scene is also on offer. The 21¾in x 3ft 1in (55 x 95cm) signed oil on canvas is dated 1852 and depicts a Dutch boat landing its catch at Scheveningen in The Netherlands.
It has provenance back to the David Price collection that was sold at Christie’s in 1892 and more recently has passed through London dealers Richard Green and Lowell Libson.
At Roseberys, the estimate is £8000-12,000.