Property of a Distinguished New York Collector
CIRCLE OF ADRIAEN BROUWER
HEAD OF AN OLD MAN IN PROFILE FACING RIGHT
oil on panel
5⅞ by 4¾ in.; 15 by 12 cm.
The panel is flat and cradled. The image reads well beneath an old and slightly discolored varnish. Inspection under UV reveals a varnish that fluoresces unevenly and is difficult to read through in areas, beneath which there may be an older campaign of restoration. The image is rather loosely rendered, though there may be some loose strokes of restoration scattered here and there as well. Offered in a simply carved light wood 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.
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Private collector, New York;
Thence by descent in the family.
These types of spontaneous yet confident caricatures that demonstrate an interest in human emotion and physiognomy were made popular by Adriaen Brouwer, whose output influenced a countless number of close contemporaries and followers, including Joos van Craesbeeck. In the present painting, the artist depicts a peasant wearing a simple brown costume and a feathered hat looking to his left. His memorable profile is defined by expressive eyes, a thin lipped grin, a wrinkled face, and a distinctly large and whiskered nose.