Lensgreve S. Schulin, Frederiksdal, Denmark; Anonymous sale ("Property of a Lady"), London, Christie's, 9 December 2005, lot 202, for £67,925.
This painting has been dated by Peter Cherry as a relatively early work by the artist.1 It is close in style to a number of pictures of flowers in vases from the mid-1640s and to the pair of masterpieces, Festoons of Flowers with a Cartouche Surrounding a Landscape, signed and dated 1652, in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
1. In a private communication, dated 20 October 2006.
Canvas appers to have been strip lined. the paint surface has been well retained and colors are strong. there is a craquelure pattern throughout which is noticeable but not overly distracting. examination under UV light shows some inpainting of craquelure and reinforcement of some of the dark stems. retouching at corners and a few in background. only a few very small ones on flowers. painting is presentable and can be hung as is.
Offered in a Spanish style black and gilt carved frame with minor nicks. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.