CHARLES JERVAS | A family portrait of four sisters in white, blue, red and yellow dresses holding fruit and flowers with their brother, wearing a brown coat and holding a basket of flowers
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Property from a European Private Collection
County Offaly, Ireland 1675 - 1739 London
A family portrait of four sisters in white, blue, red and yellow dresses holding fruit and flowers with their brother, wearing a brown coat and holding a basket of flowers
oil on canvas
173 x 146.6 cm.; 68⅛ x 57⅛ in.
The canvas is lined but retains good flexibility apart from at the upper right corner where it is quite rigid. The overall appearance of the painting is excellent - the varnish clear and even - no major visible damages - the colours and details well preserved.
Inspection under UV does reveal some restoration - there are small repairs and retouchings scattered throughout, including a handful of minor ones in the faces of the children and a restored old horizontal tear running through the feet of the little boy. The one more major passage of restoration is to a line running from the left margin through the waist of the eldest girl, the forehead of the little girl in pink, and the right fore-arm of the girl in blue, her torso, and her brothers shoulders. This is probably along a canvas seam, or perhaps the picture was folded/ suffered some damage.
In overall fair condition, with no further work necessary, offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 22 November 1963, lot 138;
Sir Francis Winnington Bart. and Lady Winnington, Brockhill Court, Worcestershire;
By whom sold, London, Phillips, 14 December 1999, lot 53, where acquired by the present owner.