FOLLOWER OF MICHAEL JANSZ. VAN MIEREVELDT | Portrait of a lady, three-quarter-length, in a black embroidered dress with a ruff and lace cuffs and cap, a handkerchief in her hand
Property from a Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF MICHAEL JANSZ. VAN MIEREVELDT
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, IN A BLACK EMBROIDERED DRESS WITH A RUFF AND LACE CUFFS AND CAP, A HANDKERCHIEF IN HER HAND
oil on oak panel
unframed: 93.2 x 70 cm.; 36⅝ x 27½ in.
framed: 122.2 x 101.5 cm.; 48 x 40 in.
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The panel is uncradled, and formed of three vertical planks, the joins of which are supported by horizontal battens, with 3 further horizontal battens along a small split in the panel which starts along the upper margin 1/3 of the way in, approx. 25 cm. long. These joins and the repaired split are visible from the front under raking light, and a further repaired split is faintly visible running from the centre of the upper margin approx. 10cm. long. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. There are some superficial scuffs in the centre of her dress, in the lower right corner, and in the background upper right. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along the aforementinoed joins and splits, fairly extensive retouching through the sitter's face, cap, ruff and hands, as well as strengthenings to the darks of the embroidery in her dress, and other small areas of retouching scattered throughout the background. Despite these the picture presents well in its current state and is ready to hang.
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Sir Thomas Andros de la Rue, 1st Bt., London, until 1911;
By whose Estate sold, London, Christie's, 10 October 1958, lot 29 (as Circle of van Vliet), for 20 Guineas to Jean;
Brian Brolly, Kitt's Quarry, Burford;
By whose Estate sold ('Property of the Late Brian Brolly'), London, Christie's South Kensington, 23 April 2009, lot 35;
Where acquired by the present owners.