Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Deventer 1598 - 1657 Amsterdam
ROMAN RUINS WITH TURBANED FIGURES
signed with monogram lower right: BB. f/c
oil on oak panel
unframed: 24.5 x 17.5 cm.; 9⅝ x 6⅞ in.
framed: 32.1 x 25.2 cm.; 12¾ x 10 in.
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The single oak panel is uncradled, flat, and stable. The paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There is a very fine hairline surface crack running up from the center of the lower margin, approx 4 cm long. Inspection under UV light reveals small scattered retouchings throughout, most notably along the left margin and in the upper right corner. These in no way distract from the legibility of the image, which appears fresh and ready to hang, and is in good condition.
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Probably private collection, France (according to labels on reverse);
With S. Nystad, The Hague;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2011, lot 114, for £23,750, where acquired.
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Similar small turbaned figures occur in another rare upright composition by Breenbergh in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes.1