FLEMISH SCHOOL, MID 17TH CENTURY
A pair of naval battle scenes
a pair, both oil on panel
each: 31.3 x 50.1 cm.; 12¼ x 19¾ in.
The panels are cradled, flat and stable. The paint surfaces are relatively clean, and the varnishes are discoloured. The former: an old, repaired, horizontal split is visible running the width of the panel just above centre. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a fine line of retouching along the split, but apparently very little other intervention. There are some small, scattered retouchings in the sky, and to a 1cm. horizontal line of loss amongst the rigging centre left, as well as to a handful of small areas along the lower margin. The latter: a horizontal crack in the panel has developed approx. an inch from the upper margin, running from the left-hand side just beyond the centre of the panel, and another surface split runs the width of the panel 3 inches from the lower margin, and a further 2 horizontal splits each run approx. an inch from the lower margin just less than halfway. There are associated pin-prick losses in the lower left corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine lines of retouching along these, more concentrated in the split at the top, and fine lines of retouching to 2 superficial, diagonal scratches upper right, measuring approx. 6cm. There appears to be little other intervention save for some retouching around the margins, and a 1cm. vertical scratch in the centre in the horizon. Both paintings are in overall good condition. Both offered in plain wood frames with walnut veneer in good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Munich, Hampel Fine Art Auctions, 24 June 2005, lot 373 (as Attributed to Lorenzo Castro), where acquired by the present owner.