Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
FRANS VAN MIERIS THE YOUNGER
Leiden 1689 - 1763
JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR'S WIFE
signed lower left: F.van Mieris / f....
oil on oak panel
unframed: 46.5 x 37.5 cm.; 18⅜ x 14½ in.
framed: 55.9 x 47.3 cm.; 22⅛x 18⅝ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat, and stable, and it is bevelled on all four margins. The surface is somewhat dirty and the varnish is clear. There is one small spot of repair on the curtain of the bed at the upper centre, and a spot of retouching is visible in the seated figure's hair at his upper shoulder. Some faint frame abrasion visible at upper left margin. Inspection under UV reveals a thick varnish and a few scattered small spots of finely applied retouching, for example a few scattered in the figures' costumes and some at the left and right margins. There are some spots of retouching in background around the standing figure's feet, as well as some strengthening in the darks of the lower right foreground, such as in the shadows behind the chair and around the still life. More concentrated spots of retouching is found in lower right and lower left corners, as well as at the center of upper margin. There may be an older campaign of restoration in the draped carpet in the lower right. In overall good condition with no further intervention necessary.
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Private collection, France;
With Galerie Sankt Lucas, Vienna, 1995;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Paul Brandt, 27 November 1979, lot 59 (as Willem van Mieris) for 9,000 Dutch Guilders, where acquired.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 240-44, cat. no. 38, reproduced in colour.
Frans van Mieris the Younger was the son of Willem van Mieris, and grandson of Frans van Mieris the Elder, the leading member of the family of artists working in Leiden. Leiden was the centre of the fijnschilder tradition of painting, developed by Gerard Dou, and practised by artists including Van Mieris, Gabriel Metsu and Godfried Schalcken. Fijnschilder - literally ‘fine painting’ - is the term that, in the 19th century, came to define these meticulously-executed paintings with their exquisite details and smooth surfaces, typically painted on a small scale, with some features purportedly executed with brushes made from a single hair.