Sale: Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 6 October 1998, lot 244 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
The Ekebergåsen is a forested ridge to the south-east of Oslo (formerly Kristiania). Ekerberg, which remained largely farmland until the mid-twentieth century, lies in the foreground, while beyond Kristiania, in the middle of the composition, lies the hill of Holmenkollen. One etymology of 'Oslo' is 'the plain below the hill', referring to the city's proximity to the Ekebergåsen.
In 1792, King Frederick VI of Denmark offered C.A. Lorentzen a journey to Norway. Frederick bought two of the artist's Norwegian landscapes afterwards.
The canvas has not been lined. Overall this work is in good condition and its appearance could be greatly enhanced with a surface clean. Under ultraviolet light there is a circa 2 by 1.5cm area of restoration in the upper left quadrant of the sky (the retouching slightly discoloured and just visible in the catalogue illustration), and a thick opaque varnish which obscures a clear reading of the surface. There is a spot of abrasion in the foliage near the extreme right edge (visible in the catalogue illustration), and some tiny pinhead-sized spots of paint flaking in the sky to the left of the area of retouching mentioned above. There is a faint pattern of fine craquelure.
Held in a decorative gilt frame.
The catalogue illustration is overall accurate, however the greens are somewhat less intense. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."