Property from a European Private Collection
ADAM DE COSTER
Mechelen 1585/6 - 1643 Antwerp
A young man playing the flute by candelight
oil on canvas
74.9 x 61.4 cm.; 29½ x 24⅛ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. In raking light it is possible to discern some small areas of retouching in the right of the man's hat, and in slightly larger areas in the background to the right of his head, as well as around the margins along old stretcher marks. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals further small retouchings scattered in the background and to a lesser extent in pinpricks through the face and body of the flute player, with the exception of a more concentrated area of restoration in the man's mouth, 2 x 2 cm. The painting is in good overall condition without a need for further intervention and ready to hang in its current state.
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Institute of Fine Arts, New York, 1972;
With Galerie G. Sarti, Paris (as De Coster);
From whom acquired by the present collector in 2007.
J.S. Held, 'Caravaggio and His Followers', in Art in America, May–June 1972, pp. 42–43, reproduced (detail) (as Cecco del Caravaggio?);
B. Nicolson, Caravaggism in Europe, Turin 1989, vol. I, p. 89, cat. no. 339, reproduced vol. II, fig. 339 (as an anonymous Caravaggesque artist based in Rome, circa 1620–25).