With Accursio Accorsi, Bologna, 1959; From whom acquired by the ancestor of a private collector (as by Eustache de le Sueur); By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 5 June 2008, lot 68; There acquired by the present owner.
We are grateful to Dr. Giancarlo Sestieri who, based on photographs, has suggested a possible attribution to Michelangelo Ricciolini. Dr. Sestieri has cited similarities between the present composition and two others by Ricciolini, one of which, Samson and Delilah, is in the Galleria Spada, Rome (see G. Sestieri, Repertorio Della Pittura Romana della fine del Seicento e del Settecento, vol. III, Turin 1994, figs. 968-969.)
Oil on canvas, with an old sympathetic lining. The canvas is somewhat slack on the stretcher. The work is covered by a dull, dirty varnish. There is a stable web of craquelure over the picture surface; in some areas the separation is more evident, such as in the greenery over the reclining female figure. There are small, scattered, discolored retouches visible throughout the work. Small dots of pale paint are visible scattered in the figure at far left. Frame abrasions visible along the lower edge. Under UV light, the majority of the work is covered by a green fluorescing varnish. There are older retouches visible at the upper left edge and along the upper edge. Small, newer retouches visible in the chaise longer, near the reclining figures shoulder and in the face of the standing figure at left. In a gold wood 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.