VINCENT SELLAER | Leda and the Swan
VINCENT SELLAER | Leda and the Swan
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Property of a Private Swiss Collection

VINCENT SELLAER | Leda and the Swan

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP

101102

Property of a Private Swiss Collection

VINCENT SELLAER | Leda and the Swan

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Lot Sold:52,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of a Private Swiss Collection

VINCENT SELLAER

active in Mechelen before 1538 - after 1544

Leda and the Swan


oil on panel, marouflaged

109.7 x 90.7 cm.; 43¼ x 35¾ in.

Condition Report

The panel is marouflaged onto a single, uncradled plank, which is flat and stable. Two vertical joins are visible from the front running the length of the panel, each with associated, visible retouching; there are also additions of 2.5 cm. in height, which run across the width of the upper and lower marigns. There is a small paint loss in the lower right corner due to some slight lifting of the paint, and another small area of slight lifting in the chest of the child, lower left. The paint surface is otherwise relatively dirty with a discoloured varnish. Discoloured spot retouchings are visible scattered throughout, most notably through the sky, in Leda's drapery, and in the child lower right. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a milky varnish, underneath which the aforementioned restoration is visible. More recent retouchings are found along the joins, along the left and right margins, and scattered in small spots in the figures, notably in Leda's chest and neck, and in a larger, more concentrated triangular area to the left of the child's head, lower right, 2.5 x 2.5 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."

Cataloguing

Provenance

With Wertheim, Berlin, 1927;

Lamberto Sala, Cremona, by 1940 until 1957;

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 April 1984, lot 185, where acquired by the father of the present owner.

Literature

G.J. Hoogewerff, Vincent Sellaer en zijn verblijf te Brescia, Brussels 1940, p. 18, reproduced pl. XL, fig. 2;

G.J. Hoogewerff, 'Vincent Sellaer, een bijdrage tot de kennis van zijn kunst', in Miscellanea Prof. Dr D. Roggen, Antwerp 1957, pp. 140–41, reproduced p. 143, fig. 3. 

Catalogue Note

Several versions of Leda and the Swan by Sellaer are known, including one in the Seattle Art Museum (inv. no. 2004.31), and one which sold at Sotheby's, London, 31 October 2018, lot 467.


The subject derives from the famous lost composition of Leda by Leonardo da Vinci, which influenced and inspired a number of Netherlandish artists of the period including Joos van Cleve and Cornelis van Cleve, both of whom painted variants on the subject. Sellaer was exposed to Italian painting during his sojourn in Brescia around 1522–24, where he is thought to have worked with the painter Moretto da Brescia.

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