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CIRCLE OF JACQUES STELLA
VIRGIN AND CHILD HOLDING AN APPLE
oil on copper
copper: 12 by 9¼ in.; 30.5 by 23.5 cm.
framed: 14¾ by 12 in.; 37.5 by 30.5 cm.
The copper is stable. The central figures read well, while some of the details in the dark background have lost its details. The paint has thinned slightly in some scattered spots, as seen in the space between the Virgin's and child's face. There are some minor frame abrasions at bottom that are not distracting. Inspection under UV reveals an uneven varnish, and some minor, thin lines of retouches scattered on the aforementioned space between the Virgin's and child's face. Further retouches are a few, very thin lines on the Virgin's hair and scattered small spots along the edges. A small spot on the top left corner appears to be strengthened, possibly addressing an old area of loss. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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Private collection, England.
This painting is based on a now lost prime version by Jacques Stella known through a print by Jean Couvay and published by Claude Vignon. The text underneath the print reads: "Virgo adoranda est adoratione hyperduliae" / Stella invent. / Vignon gerudit / Couvay sculp. / Cum Privilegie.