Bears unidentified collector's marks (AvK. in a double circle, (L.194), and v.d.W., not in Lugt); Rudolf Peltzer (L.2231); Jean Cantacuzène (L.4030); Lucien Goldschmidt, New York, from whom acquired in 1980
This accomplished chalk study is after the figure of Psyche in Jacob Matham's 1609 print, Amor and Psyche, after Abraham Bloemaert (Bartsch III, no. 76; Hollstein XI, p. 227, no. 196). It bears an old attribution on the verso to the genre painter Brekelenkam, and while the image is not consistent with the subjects of that artist's paintings, we know nothing of his drawing style, and there is no particular reason why he should not have made a copy like this after an admired, earlier print.
Laid down on a paper backing which has in turn been window mounted on a card support. There is evidence of surface dirt and some minor abrasions to the upper half of the sheet. There are three circular stains to the left edge, one of which corresponds to a collectors mark applied to the verso. The red chalk medium remains in fine condition. Sold in an imitation darkwood 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.