Probably in the possession of the van Bleysweyck family at the beginning of the eighteenth century; by inheritance in 1734 to Baron Hendrick van Slingelandt (1702-1759); thence by descent to the present owners
Moucheron was the earliest in a line of Amsterdam-based artists who provided the integrated decorative schemes for the canal houses of wealthy merchants, right up until the early 19th century, a baton taken up in particular by Jurriaan Andriessen, to whom these charming designs have also previously been attributed.
Hinge mounted to a modern mount. Both sheets are in very good condition with only a small light brown stain to the sky in one. The medium remains fresh and vibrant throughout both works. "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."