The Property of a European Private Collector
Antwerp 1589 - 1626
Wooded landscape with a boar hunt
oil on oak panel
74.4 x 105.9 cm.; 29¼ x 41¾ in.
The panel is cradled, very slightly bowed and stable. Two old, horizontal repaired splits which run the width of the panel at equal intervals have been visibly retouched. In raking light, further horizontal cracks have been visibly retouched in foreground, most notably one which runs from the lower right-hand corner to the dogs left of centre.The paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded somewhat by an opaque varnish, but it confirms the aforementioned retouchings, and also reveals further restoration along the upper margin, but few other areas of intervention save for small retouchings scattered in the foreground, in the tree trunk on the right, and in some of the foliage in the centre and on the left. This large, impressive panel is in fair condition and much of the paint surface well preserved. Offered in a plain, ebonised wood frame in very good condition.
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In the collection of the family of the present owner for the last 40 years.
Govaerts repeated this composition in several versions, including those paintings sold at Christie's, London, 8 July 1994, lot 58, and at the Dorotheum, Vienna, 19 April 2016, lot 131.