Property from a European Private Collection
Antwerp 1600 - 1671
A young man holding a tankard
oil on oak panel
77.4 x 58.5 cm.; 30½ x 23 in.
The panel is cradled, flat and stable. There are two vertical joins running the height of the panel, either side of the young man's head, each with associated retouching visible to the naked eye; there is also a restored, vertical split running the height of the panel, a quarter of the way from the left-hand margin. Under raking light it is possible to discern some restored tenting along the vertical wood grain, most notably to some slightly more raised areas in the man's sleeve to the left of his tankard. The paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly uneven. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouchings along the joins and split, and also reveals some further areas of restoration: small spots scattered in the background, as well as slightly more extensive wash retouching, upper left and along the left margin; small spots scattered through his clothing and hat, with some strengthening in the folds of his left sleeve, and a more concentrated area, lower left; a fine line of retouching to a horizontal surface scratch, running across his neck to the top of his shoulder, measuring 24 cm.; small strokes scattered in the his mouth, nostrils, both eyes and the silhouette of his right cheek, as well as an area of more concentrated retouching in his left cheek, 1 x 4 cm. The painting is in overall fair 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."
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 7 December 1994, lot 63;
Acquired by the present collector in 2005.