GERMAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY
inscribed upper center: Herr Obrist Graf Alexander v Kaniasena / haben diesen Hasen den 15ten (in superscript) November 1780 / an Stötien ben Hainstetten geschoßen.
oil on canvas
canvas: 30¼ by 24 in.; 76.8 by 60.9 cm.
framed: 34⅜ by 28¼ in.; 87.3 by 71.8 cm.
Canvas is lined with clear mylar and linen applied with wax. The image reads well though it is a little flat. Visible thin lines of discolored retouches are scattered throughout, like in the hare. These fluoresce under UV as well as further spots of retouches to the background. What appear to be a few spots of repair fluoresce, like a small line in the bottom left corner and another at right in the leaves above the animal. Painting is offered framed.
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Anonymous sale, Chicago, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 12 March 1990, lot 625;
There acquired by The First National Bank of Chicago;
From whom acquired by the present owner in 2004.
The inscription of this painting translates to Count Obrist Alexander von Kamasena shot this hare on November 15th 1780 in Stoetien near Hainstetten. For its original owner, this painting served as a hunting trophy.