Property from the collection of Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919-2016): Lots 1, 6, 7 & 13
Lauingen 1580 - 1651 Strasbourg
ABIGAIL BEFORE KING DAVID
Watercolor and bodycolor on vellum, gilt-metal mount, stained wood frame;
signed lower left: Friderich Brentel and dated lower right: 1646
75 by 101 mm; 3 by 4 in
Overall impression fair however has been wear and discolouration in some areas, especially around the three women to the left, the true left leg of the warrior second from right and in the blue trees in the middle distance on the right side (which as also been retouched).
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.
Sale, London, Christie's, 13 November 1973, lot 57;
sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 16 November 1993, lot 3
Friedrich Brentel trained as an engraver, but became one of the most important painters, draughtsmen and printmakers working in 17th-Century Strasbourg. With the help of a successful workshop and his most famous pupil, Johann Wilhelm Baur (see the previous lot, and also lot 1), Brentel established the city as the leading European centre for the painting of miniatures in the early decades of the 17th Century. While he did produce many gouaches with his own compositions, Brentel also made numerous miniature replicas of paintings or prints by contemporary artists such as Bruegel, Rubens and Van Dyck.
This is a fine example of one of the artist's miniature gouaches with its rich palette of colors and acute attention to detail. Friedrich Brentel has illustrated the biblical subject, Abigail before King David, and has perfectly captured the scene by optimising the various spatial planes to stage a convincing setting.
See note to lot 1 for more information on Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher.