Property from a Private Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO HENDRIK VAN STEENWIJCK THE YOUNGER
(Antwerp 1580 - 1640 Leiden)
ST. JEROME IN HIS STUDY WITH A LION
oil on panel
12 by 17¾ in.; 30.5 by 45.1 cm.
The panel consists of a single board that is flat, stable, and beveled on all edges except the top. The paint surface is in overall good condition, and a detailed crisp image reads well. No areas of loss or repair are visible to the naked eye. Barely visible frame abrasion is present at the middle of the left edge and in the bottom left corner. Under UV inspection, very small dots of retouching are visible throughout the composition, none of which indicate major restoration. The painting can hang in its current state. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood 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.
Possibly, Johann von Uffenbach;
Possibly, anonymous sale, Frankfurt, 6 May 1771, lot 102;
Possibly, anonymous sale, Frankfurt, 15 May 1775, lot 67 (both described as "taste of Steenwijck");
Possibly, Graf Hugo con Eltz;
Anonymous sale, Mainz, 17 May 1785, lot 731 (for 26 fl);
Where purchased by Franz von Leykam (b. circa 1758);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 26 September 1980, lot 74;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 1998, lot 236; (as attributed to Steenwijck the Younger)
J. Howarth, The Steenwyck Family as Masters of Perspective, Turnhout 2009, pp. 239-40, cat. II.D22, reproduced p. 518 (as attributed to Steenwijck the Younger).
Howarth lists 24 versions of this subject by or attributed to Steenwijck the Younger. The theme allowed the master of perspective to depict a contemporary interior with a religious subject, and the interiors range from palaces to smaller homes. Here, a chapel is seen through the door at back, and St. Jerome's room includes a bed and fireplace, with Jerome's lion relaxing on the floor. The pattern of tiling on the floor is unusual in Steenwijck's work.