The Property of a Gentleman
LAMBERT DE HONDT THE ELDER
Mechelen before 1637 - before 1665
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
oil on canvas
59.7 x 85.4 cm.; 23½ x 33⅝ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured. There is some evidence of wear throughout, particularly notable in the darks, although the more thickly painted parts of the composition such as the animals in the foreground remain well preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of restoration, the older of which is largely concentrated in the sky upper right consisting of small spot retouchings with denser areas around the edge of the foliage and in the upper right corner. The more recent campaign of restoration consist of spot retouchings, particularly in the left-hand side of the composition, scattered in the foliage in the centre, and scattered in the animals lower right, particularly in the cow, in the fox's leg, and in the outstretched wing of the heron (centre). The painting appears bright, and is in overall fair condition. Offered in a wooden frame with walnut veneer with minor losses.
"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."
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie’s, 9 May 2001, lot 26, where acquired.