L13030

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Lot 11
  • 11

Prague School, 16th Century

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Portrait of Bartholom√§us Spranger (1546-1611)
  • oil on canvas, laid down on panel, a fragment

Condition

The canvas has been cut and laid on to a rebated old beech (?) panel, which has developed quite a pronounced bow. The picture has been quite recently cleaned and restored and the paint surface is generally in good condition, with no other major damages or signs of wear in evidence. Inspection reveals careful touching out to the cracquelure pattern and small damages in the face and beard, and retouching an d repair along the line where the canvas joins the panel support. The varnish is clear and even and the restoration unobtrusive to the naked eye. This lot is offered with a moulded gilt frame in the French style in reasonable overall 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."

Catalogue Note

The physiognomy of the sitter is comparable with the Portrait of Bartholomäus Spranger by Hans von Aachen in the Uffizi, Florence (see T. DaCosta Kaufmann, The School of Prague. Painting at the Court of Rudolf II, London 1988, p. 159, cat. no. 1.78).