The Property of a Lady
FRENCH SCHOOL, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, BELIEVED TO BE JEAN PLOYARD
inscribed on the original canvas, beneath the relining: M. Jean Ployard [...] 56 ans / Jean · Vanloo pinxit 1704
oil on canvas
unframed: 90.2 x 70.2 cm.; 35½ x 27⅝ in.
framed: 105.7 x 85.6 cm.; 41⅝ 33¾ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface has a discoloured and uneven varnish. There is evidence of slight wear throughout, and the canvas weave has become visible in places, for example around the sitter's mouth and eyebrows. There is slight frame abrasion along the edges. There are a handful of small paint losses, notably one 0.5 x 0.5 cm. to the right of the sitter's shoulder along the right margin - these appear to have been caused by old flaking, also evident in the upper background, but now all seem stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light is hindered by the thick, opaque varnish, and does not reveal anything further than what is visible to the naked eye.
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Albert Charbonnier, Geneva (his bookplate on the reverse);
Thence by descent.