Property from a Swiss Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF JAN GOSSAERT
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
oil on oak panel
unframed: 35.5 x 25.7 cm.; 14 x 10⅛ in.
framed: 48.5 x 39 cm.; 19⅛ x 15⅜ in.
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This work is available to view at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, 13 – 18 September (weekdays 9am – 4.30pm; weekend 12-5pm).
The uncradled panel is flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and has a slightly discoloured varnish. The dark pigments have a distinctive network of craquelure. There are a handful of faint, minor surface scratches, notably just above the sitter's shoulder on the left, approx. 1 cm. long, and some minor frame abrasion along the upper margin. There is a pin-prick loss in the brim of his hat, with some associated retouching, as well as a few small spots of discoloured retouching scattered in his face and white shirt. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick, fluorescing varnish making it difficult to discern any further intervention other than what is visible to the naked eye, save for some small, sparsely scattered spots along the lower margin and two fine lines along the top half of the upper margin. In seemingly good overall condition.
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Although in an engraving by Christian von Mechel (1737–1817) (of which a photo is affixed to the reverse of the panel) this image is referred to as a self-portrait by Hans Holbein, Jan Gossaert appears a more likely source, and it perhaps reflects a lost original.