Cornelis de Helt (?-1661), cooper and innkeeper. Among his four houses (see below) is one at the prestigeous west side of Oude Delft. He owned a "Vermeer in a black frame". He also may have owned a 'Fabritius in a box'
In Delft we find Vermeer paintings in the private art collections of Pieter Claesz van Ruijven, Hendrick Ariaensz. van Buyten, Johannes de Renialme, Cornelis van Assendelft, Cornelis de Helt and Gerard van Berckel.
Montias (1993) p. 201. Sold for 20 guilders and 10 stuiver. GAD gives houses at west side of Coornmarkt Huizenprotocol III 953; Oude Delft Huizenprotocol III 908; Op de Geer III 968. North side Joost Kristensenpoort III 967-968 (the latter demolished for expansion of Armamentarium; Hofke van Gratie in III 969. GAD internet shows burial on 20 May 1661, OK/NK DTB inv. 40; there are many namesakes on this internet list. Fabritius in a box: Liedtke 2000 p. 65.
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