Private collector, France; By whom sold, Paris, Sotheby's, 19 June 2007, lot 8; With Galerie Bernheimer, Munich.
Lauri painted both large-scale decorative works and small cabinet pictures. He trained first with his Flemish father, Balthasar Lauwers (1578–1645), whose name was Italianised as Lauri, and went on to study under Angelo Caroselli and Pietro da Cortona. Signed and dated paintings by Lauri, such as the present canvas, are rare. This painting is an early example of the artist's work in small format, setting the tone for his other idyllic cabinet paintings which came to anticipate the art of the 18th century.
The canvas has been relined. The paint surface is clean. To the naked eye there is some discoloured retouching to the foliage and to the central figure’s purple drapery. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thin and even layer of varnish plus some further subtle scattered retouching throughout the painting, particularly to the tree at the right hand margin and to the foreground on the left. Overall the painting is in very good condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame with embossed decorative pattern 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."