MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window
 MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window
 MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window
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Property from a Private Collection

MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection

MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Lot Sold:81,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Private Collection

MARTIN DRÖLLING

Oberbergheim, near Colmar 1752 - 1817 Paris

A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window


the former signed lower left: Drolling f;

the latter signed and dated lower left: Drölling. f/ 1795

a pair, both oil on canvas

each: 45.7 x 37.5 cm.; 18 x 14¾ in.

(2)

Condition Report

The paintings are in overall good condition.


The former - the canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is discoloured. The network of craquelure has become pronounced in the background of the central scene, with some blanching in the varnish making it appear more white. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the varnish, which fluoresces opaquely. The composition appears to be almost entirely untouched, however, save for some small strengthenings in the child’s eyelashes, and to very few fine lines of retouching in the ledge of the table just visible in the background behind the woman.


The latter - the canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is discoloured. A very slight degree of wear is visible in the background. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching in this dark area, and fine retouchings in the woman’s arm and hand, in parts of her back and hair, in her left cheek, and to a small area, approx. 1 x 1 cm. where her yellow shawl crosses over itself on her lap. There are also small retouchings in the boy’s coat and along all four margins.


"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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Cataloguing

Provenance

With Newhouse Galleries, New York;

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 19 May 1995, lot 107, for $85,000.

Exhibited

Paris, Salon, 1795, no. 152.

Literature

B***, Critique sur les tableaux exposé au Salon, l'an quatrième, Paris 1795, p. 5;

J.H. de Laser, Examen consis des plus beaux ouvrages exposés au Salon du Louvre de cette année 1795, Paris 1795, p. 4;

E. Bellier de la Chavignerie and L. Auvray, Dictionnaire Général des Artistes de L'École française, Paris 1882, p. 447;

J.F. Heim, C. Béraud and P. Heim, Les Salons de peinture de la Révolution française 1789–1799, Paris 1989, p. 189.

 MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window
Property from a Private Collection
MARTIN DRÖLLING | A young woman setting a bird free from a cage at an open window; and A young woman with a guitar seated at an open window
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