Property from a French Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF GIJSBRECHT LEYTENS
A winter village scene
oil on canvas
46.1 x 55.9 cm.; 18⅛ x 22 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There are scattered, discoloured spot retouchings visible to the naked eye, particularly on the right-hand side in the tree trunk, where there is also evidence of slight lifting to the paint surface. This appears to be stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals restoration to a small damage in the centre of the snow covered roof 1 x 2cm., as well as a couple of small restorations in the sky above the buildings, to the right of the tower, and along the left-hand margin. The painting is in overall good condition. Offered in a ebonised wood frame with wave decoration in good condition.
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Jan de Maere, to whom we are grateful, has tentatively suggested an attribution to Johann Georg Trautmann (Zweibrücken 1713–69 Frankfurt) upon inspection of digital images.