The artist worked in the court of Landgraf Ludwig VIIII at Darmstadt. On the reverse of the canvas can be found the old German inscription: Im Forst Allerheiligen ist dieser / Schauffel-Hirsch von J.V.D. dem / regierendem Herrn Landgraven / zu Hessen Darmstadt im August / 1749 geschossen worden. / Beigemalter / Prospect ist das / F¿rstl. Jagt Hauss / Cranigstein [in the forest of Allerheiligen, this deer was shot by J.H.D., the ruling landgrave of Hessen-Darmstadt in August 1749. Painted in the background is the royal castle of Kranichstein].
Tha canvas is unlined. The paint surface is in very good condition overall and shows no signs of wear. There are four restored holes (three of them patched on the reverse) but none of these measure more than 1cm in width. One occurs on the stag's hoof lower centre; another on his body in the centre; a third in the sky upper centre; and a fourth lower right. There is an area of discoloured old retouching in the sky upper centre. Other than the damages mentioned above, retouching is minimal and is restricted to the tree upper left and the right edge. Offered in a modern black-painted wood frame which has suffered some minor knocks but is in 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."