Gustaf Adolf Sparre (1746-1794); Sparre inv., 1794, no. 5.
Göthe, 1895, p. 15, no. 17, as Flemish, mid-1600s; Hasselgren, 1974, pp. 113, 130, reproduced p. 170.
This belongs to Keirinckx's early period. It belongs firmly to the Flemish Mannerist landscape tradition, and probably pre-dates his move from Antwerp to Utrecht in circa 1626-8. Whether or not it dates from before or after his move, it shows no hint of the considerable change his style was to make under the influence of Poelenburch and the tonal landscapists.
Hasselgren (see Literature) records that Hofstede de Groot thought it painted in the manner of Peter Snayers or Jan Wildens.
"The following condition report has been provided by Henry Gentle, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
The oak panel is made of up four horizontal joined sections. The three joins are all unstable with movement along them. The lowest section has a slight bow . There is also a 25cm horizontal unstable hairline split, middle left. The paint layer particularly along the lower section , and the mid right , is unstable and flaking and as a result retouching to consolidate insecure paint, and to replace losses, is evident here. Retouching can be seen along the joins and to areas of abrasion in the sky upper right. The glazes in the foliage are unaffected and the original brushwork in the more thinly painted areas is uncompromised. The varnish is discoloured and the tonality would improve with its removal." "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."