Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Lady"), London, Christie's, 17 December 1985, lot 163 (as Follower of Abraham Govaerts); Anonymous sale, London, Phillips, 20 April 2000, lot 101 (as Circle of Abraham Govaerts).
This composition is closely related to Raphael Sadeler II's engraving after a drawing by Jan Breughel the Elder (see Hollstein no. XXI). An example of the Sadeler print can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 49.95.1405).
Oil on panel. The panel is relatively flat, with a slight curve curvat the top and bottom edges. The surface presents very well; the detail remains fresh, as do the colors. Under UV light, there are relatively few retouches visible. Some older retouches are visible to the left of the central tree. Additional darker dots and dashes of retouching are visible in the center of the tree trunk as well as in the leaves at center top. The work presents well and is ready to hang in its current condition. In a faux tortoise 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.