Property from an Important European Private Collection
Leuven 1553 - 1616 Cologne
VENUS, OR A YOUNG WOMAN EN DESHABILLÉ
oil on oak panel, octagonal, unframed, branded on the reverse with the maker's mark of Guilliam Gabron (Antwerp 1586–1674)
unframed: 56 x 46.5 cm.; 22 x 18¼in.
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The panel is comprised of two pieces of wood brought together by a vertical join which is reinforced on the verso with three horizontal strips of wood. The overall panel is flat and un-bevelled. There has been some separation along the panel join, which is visible to the naked eye. There are a few pinprick losses along this join and some very small now marginally discoloured retouchings. Along the join there are very minimal retouches, only a couple of very small brushstrokes along the lower section of the join. The torso, face, and drapery of the figure are all well-preserved, showing little, or no retouchings at all. The area in and around the hair show generally applied retouches, which are visible under UV but show very dark to the naked eye. Similarly, two strips at either end of the panel show retouches, but again are very dark when viewed with the naked eye. Overall, the essential parts of the composition are in quite a nice state of preservation.
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Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Fischer, 2-8 June 1975, lot 682, where acquired by the father of the present owner.
Other versions of this painting, of square format, were sold London, Christie's, 21 July 1989, lot 79, and Paris, Tajan, 26 June 1992, lot 38.