Friedrich von Boetticher, Malerwerke des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, Dresden, 1891-1901, vol. I, p. 218, no. 2, listed
The present work depicts the ruins of the medieval castle in Dürnstein, a small Austrian town on the Danube. It was here that King Richard I of England - Richard the Lionheart - was imprisoned in 1192 by Duke Leopold V of Austria after a dispute during the Third Crusade.
The canvas has not been lined. There are fine lines of vertical craquelure primarily visible in the sky. Ultraviolet light reveals some areas of retouching which are minor for a painting of this size, notably above and to the left of the ruin in the sky, two small areas in front of the ruin, two in the hill, a stroke in the sky, and some intermittent strokes along the extreme edges addressing frame rubbing. Overall this work is in good condition, and would benefit from a surface clean.
Held in an elaborate gilt frame, with leaf and berry ornaments.
The tones in reality are overall much richer than in the catalogue illustration, more detailed and contrasted. "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."