Sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 11 November 1996, lot 135, where purchased by the late owner
The attribution to Ostade was confirmed by Dr. Bernhard Schnackenburg at the time of the 1996 sale. As is the case with quite a number of the drawings that Ostade's pupil and heir Cornelis Dusart inherited after his master's death in 1685, the broad brown washes would seem to have been added by Dusart.
Laid down. Background washes have sunk and darkened a little. Some white spots and deposits in background. Ink otherwise reasonably good and strong. Sold in a modern giltwood frame (CHECK) "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."