The Property of a Gentleman
ADRIAEN JANSZ. VAN OSTADE
Haarlem 1610 - 1685
Peasants smoking and drinking in an inn
oil on oak panel
32.5 x 28.1 cm.; 12¾ x 11⅛ in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable, and bevelled on all four sides. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is relatively clear. There is evidence of very slight wear in the darker pigments of the background and in the jacket of the central peasant. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the uneven varnish, which fluoresces opaquely, underneath which it is possible to discern tiny spots of retouching scattered in the background, and in the foreground, centre right, as well as two more concentrated areas, centre and upper right, the largest measuring 1 x 1 cm. Any further intervention is difficult to read beneath the varnish, but the painting appears in overall good condition.
"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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Richard William Penn, 3rd Earl Howe (1822–1900), Gopsall Atherstone, 1884, and then Penn House, Buckinghamshire;
Thence by descent to Richard George Penn, 4th Earl Howe (1861–1929);
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 7 December 1933, lot 47, for £220–10s. to Healter;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 27 April 2006, lot 38 (as attributed to Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade).
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of works by Old Masters, 1884, no. 138 (lent by Earl Howe).
C. Hofstede de Groot, A catalogue raisonné..., vol. III, London 1910, p. 333, cat. no. 635 (described as containing six figures).