(Antwerp 1600 - 1671)
A SOLDIER SMOKING A PIPE
oil on panel, marouflaged
25 by 19¼ in.; 63.5 by 49 cm.
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This work is restored and should be hung in its current state. The original panel has been thinned and is now remounted on a board which has been reinforced with a wooden framework. The original cracks in the panel, running vertically in the upper and center right are now stable. The painting is clean and retouched. Some weakness had developed that has now been retouched. Retouches have been applied in the shadows of the hands, in the hair and in the shoulder of the figure, as well as in the old cracks in the panel in the background above the head, in the upper left, and in the lower right corner. The restorations are effective and there is no reason to reexamine them at this time.
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Private collection, Switzerland;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, 25 November 2015, lot 1034 (as Attributed to Jan Cossiers).
Jan Cossiers executed a number of works depicting men, shown half-length, smoking, drinking or eating, set against a rapidly-painted neutral background. These subjects, along with the image of a man with a parrot, are thought possibly to depict allegories of the senses. Another version of this painting, of almost identical dimensions, was sold at Osenat, Fontainebleau, Paris, 1 October 2017, lot 154.