AFTER CASPAR NETSCHER
A LADY WITH A SPINET
Oil on canvas laid down on panel
Unframed: 14 x 10½ in., 35.5 x 26.8 cm
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The painting is on canvas laid on panel. The weave of the canvas is evident to the naked eye and there craqueleure throughout the composition. The painting is stable and has flattened in the process of being laid down. The elegant brushwork of the satin remains, however, and is well-preserved. Under ultra violet light there are scattered retouchings throughout the composition, mostly in the background addressing frame abrasion on the edges as well as filling in some of the craqueleure. There is an area in the shadows just at the woman's back which flouresces, in addition to areas on her cheeks and forehead. Offered unframed.
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Sale: Sotheby's, Melbourne, May 7, 1990, lot 50 (possibly)
This painting is a 19th Century variant of Song with Harpsichord Accompanimentby Caspar Netscher in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (inv. no. 1349). (1) Although both compositions showcase a lady playing the spinet, she is the only figure depicted in the present lot, meanwhile the painting in Dresden includes a gentleman singing in the foreground and two other figures in the background.
(1) See Marjorie E. Wieseman, Caspar Netscher and Late Seventeenth-century Dutch Painting, Netherlands, 2002, cat. no. 53, illustrated pp. 205-06.