The Property of a Gentleman
JOHANN CHRISTIAN VOLLERDT
Leipzig 1708 - 1769 Dresden
PEASANTS ON A ROAD BY A RIVER IN A RHENISH LANDSCAPE
indistinctly signed and dated lower left: Vollerdt / 17...5
oil on canvas
unframed: 61.5 x 77.5 cm.; 24¼ x 30½ in.
framed: 79.5 x 95.2 cm.; 31⅜ x 37½ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is slightly dirty with a slightly discoloured varnish. There is minor frame abrasion along all four edges, as well as faintly visible stretcher marks with some associated retouching along them. The sky has a degree of wear, with the canvas weave showing through in certain areas and scattered discoloured retouchings both to reduce the appearance of craquelure and along small, repaired tears. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms what is visible to the naked eye, and reveals the centre of the sky to have the most concentrated amount of retouching. The main composition however is much better preserved. In overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 9 May 2001, lot 150, where acquired by the present owner.