Anonymous sale, Montreal, Empire, 22 May 1991, lot 498; Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 25 May 1999, lot 8; There acquired by the present collector.
Droochsloot was a Dutch painter who joined the Utrecht Guild of Saint Luke in 1616. He is known for his village scenes that include peasants feasting, such as the present lot, which reflect the influence of artists like Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Younger, as well as David Vinckboons and Esaias van de Velde.
The panel consists of a single board with all four edges beveled, that is stabilized with a horizontal crossmember on the reverse. A decorative image reads well. There is a minor horizontal thin scratch. that is barely visible at center right which runs for about 4in. Some discolored retouches are visible on the houses, like the one at far right. These retouches fluoresce under UV, along with other areas of retouches scattered throughout the sky. Further reading is impeded due to the dirty varnish. Offered in a painted wood frame with some minor dents. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.