A. Alenson, Utrecht, 1981; Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 7 November 1985, lot 107; There purchased by the present owner.
An exact copy of this picture exists in the collection of the Kreuse family, Berlin as of 1964 (see photo archives of RKD). A painting of the same subject and size, signed and dated 1713, was formerly in the Sanssouci Picture Gallery, Potsdam and then Schloss Rheinsberg (location unknown).
Panel is uncradled and beveled on all four sides. painting is under a dull, uneven old varnish which is especially noticeable in the background areas. a very small horizontal crack can be seen at the far left side at center. the paint surface on the figures has been quite well retained with very nice detail. the background landscape and foliage is harder to judge through the old varnish, but there appears to be a greater degree of thinness in these areas. nothing can be seen under UV light due to the old varnish.
Offered in an elaborately carved and gilt wood frame. 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.