Anonymous sale, Christie's, 8 May 1964, lot 140, (as 'Kick'), to Norbury for 120 gns.; Thence by descent to the present owner.
This appears to be an autograph version of a subject treated by van der Laemen on two other known occasions. One of these versions was sold Amsterdam, Christie's, 14 November 2007, lot 207 and a second version of this composition was sold New York, Christie's, 5 October 1995, lot 127.
The support consists of four horizontal panels, each joined on the reverse by small vertical battens and the entire support is reinforced by thick battens forming a frame-like structure around the outer edges. The panel joins are visible on the front of the painting. The paint surface is largely secure although somewhat abraded in areas, particularly along the right hand side, and the paint is starting to flake in the lower section of the picture. There are scattered restored losses and retouchings and these are confirmed by inspection under UV light. Offered in a wood and plaster painted frame in fairly good condition. "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."