JAN GRIFFIER THE ELDER | A MOUNTAINOUS RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES AND BOATS, AS WELL AS CASTLES IN THE DISTANCE
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
JAN GRIFFIER THE ELDER
(Amsterdam 1645(?) - 1718 London)
A MOUNTAINOUS RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES AND BOATS, AS WELL AS CASTLES IN THE DISTANCE
signed lower right: GRIFFIER
oil on panel
14 by 19¼ in.; 35.9 by 49 cm.
The panel is flat, uncradled, stable, and beveled on all four edges. The image reads clearly beneath the varnish. There are spots of detail that are well-preserved in the architecture and the figures, although there are other areas where some of the details have thinned, primarily in the landscape. There is a very faint and fine pattern of craquelure in the upper sky, but this is not distracting. Inspection under UV reveals a thick varnish that fluoresces unevenly and is difficult to read through in some areas. It appears that there has been a more recent campaign of strengthening and retouching scattered throughout. There are some fine lines in the sky, some of which address the aforementioned craquelure, and other strokes and spots of strengthening throughout the mountainous landscape and in the river; many of these spots and strokes are concentrated in the brown tones in areas that have thinned. Offered in a decoratively carved dark 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.
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.
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 7 November 1985, lot 105;