VENETIAN SCHOOL, 1591 | Portrait of a gentleman, three-quarter-length, wearing a black fur-lined cloak and holding a pair of gloves
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP
The Property of a Gentleman
VENETIAN SCHOOL, 1591
Portrait of a gentleman, three-quarter-length, wearing a black fur-lined cloak and holding a pair of gloves
dated upper left: ANNO 15 . 91
inscribed upper right: ÆTATIS 67
oil on canvas
95.7 x 76.3 cm.; 37⅝ x 30 in.
The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is discoloured. Previous presumed damages to the reverse of the canvas have led to some pronounced craquelure and raising of the paint surface in two areas in the buttons of the sitter's coat, and to the left of these along the edge of his fur cloak. These are all stable. Superficial surface scuffs are visible across the man's moustache and collar. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the opaque varnish but retouching is visible in pin-prick spots in the man's face and hat, and scattered throughout his body. There are also small areas of retouching in the background, notably along the left margin, upper left corner, centre of the upper margin, upper right corner, and around the man's raised hand. Offered in a gesso foliate gilt frame with some losses.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 April 2006, lot 87;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 February 2008, lot 12, where acquired by the present owner.