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Flemish family of merchants and collectors. Jan Nicquet (b Antwerp, 1539; d Amsterdam, 1608) migrated to the northern Netherlands probably soon after the fall of Antwerp in 1585 and settled in Haarlem, where a daughter, Margaretha Nicquet (d 1603 in childbirth), married Gerrit Reynst (d 1615), father of the later merchant–collectors Gerard and Jan Reynst, to whom the Nicquet family collection eventually passed. Jan is first mentioned in Amsterdam in 1593, where he lived in the house ‘In de Vergulde Kop’ (‘In the Gilt Head’) on the Warmoesstraat, the most distinguished street in Amsterdam. He also had a handelshuis in London and traded with Venice, where his eldest son, Jan Nicquet jr (b Antwerp, 1565; d 1599), lived from 1593, joined by another son, Jacques Nicquet (b Antwerp, c. 1573; d 1642), in 1594. From 1595 to 1600 Jacques rented a master house in the quarter of S Felice, Venice. Increasingly, Flemish merchants such as Jan Nicquet and later Jan Reynst diversified from trading in salt, grain, cotton, silk, raisins, gunpowder and cannons to dealing with art and antiquities, to the extent that they began acquiring works for their own enjoyment and in the process built sizeable collections of their own.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

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