Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 December 1973, lot 135; Private collection, France; Anonymous sale, Paris, Sotheby's, 17 June 2015, lot 58 (both the above as by Joachim Beuckelaer).
We are grateful to Peter van den Brink, Director of the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum in Aachen for his help in cataloguing this lot; judging from a photograph he thinks this is a copy, possibly contemporary, after a lost composition by the artist.
The actual painting is warmer in tone than the catalogue illustration would suggest.
To the naked eye
The overall condition seems to be good. The painting is painted on an oak panel consisting of probably two planks joined horizontally, and it has been cradled. The painting seems to be perfectly stable and we cannot notice any lifting. Some thinness can be observed throughout. The varnish layer is quite dirty and yellowed and needs to be lightened.
Under UV light
The painting appears under a green uniform varnish. We can notice that the panel is made of two planks with a horizontal junction in the middle of the composition. Several restorations can be noticed along this join and some very light repaints are visible in the horse mouth and legs on the left. The body of the bull in the upper left part has been slightly restored.
In conclusion, the painting seems to be in an overall fairly good condition.
Offered with a gold-brown painted wooden 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. 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."