The Property of a Gentleman
FRANÇOIS DE TROY
Toulouse 1645 - 1730 Paris
Portrait of a lady as Venus, disarming Cupid
oil on canvas
48.5 x 38.1 cm.; 19⅛ x 15 in.
The canvas is relined, the paint surface is fairly clean, and the varnish clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small delicately painted retouchings in the lady's hair and chest, and scattered in her dress, as well as scattered in the figure of Cupid. A more concentrated area of retouching covers her left cheek. There are also small areas of retouching in the background upper left, in the upper right corner, and along the lower right margin. In overall good condition.
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D'Erlanger collection (according to an old handwritten label on the reverse);
Whence sold, New York, Christie's, 30 January 2014, lot 303, where acquired by the present owner.