Anonymous sale, Angers, 25 November 1970, lot 198; With Galerie Heim-Gairac, Paris, 1971; From whom acquired by the father of the present owners.
D. Mandrella, Jacob van Loo 1614–1670, Paris 2011, p. 203, fig. 146, reproduced.
Mandrella dates this painting to the year of Van Loo's death, 1670, and as such positions this work as one of the last he produced. The work is possibly a portrait, judging by the character and appearance of the sitter. The golden apple, held in the sitter's right hand, was one of the attributes of Venus and relates to the Judgement of Paris.
The canvas has been relined. The paint surface is stable with a clean and even varnish. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye, only two small unrestored losses, one in the top left corner, one in the bottom right corner. There is one half inch scratch above the child's head. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals some restoration at the top left, top right and bottom right margins, and an old restored damage under her right hand. Other than this, just a few scattered strengthening's and retouching's, and on close inspection the sky appears a little worn, but overall in nice condition.
This lot is offered in a carved, gilt and painted wood frame in good 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."