The Property of a Gentleman
HERMAN VAN SWANEVELT
Woerden circa 1600 - 1655 Paris
Diana and her nymphs bathing in a wooded landscape
oil on canvas, in an English Adam period frame, circa 1765
inscribed on the stretcher: 1 Over Library Door
61.1 x 86.2 cm.; 24⅛ x 34 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is relatively clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals spot retouching throughout the sky to disguise the appearance of craquelure, and a more concentrated line of retouching as if to a diagonal branch of the tree on the right, extending into the sky, approx. 9cm. long. There are also small retouchings around the centre of the trunk of this tree and in its foliage, in the centre and left of centre of the upper margin, and along the lower margin, particularly below the bathers. In overall fair condition. Offered in an English Adam period frame in very 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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Murray family, Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 24 May 2007, lot 228, where acquired by the present owner.
A.C. Steland, Herman van Swanevelt, Petersberg 2010, text volume, p. 167–68, cat. no. G2,39/N, reproduced plates volume, fig. G92/N.