AFTER GABRIEL METSU | Portrait of a huntsman in a red jacket at a window, raising his wine glass, a hunting horn and pigeon on the window sill before him
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP
AFTER GABRIEL METSU
Portrait of a huntsman in a red jacket at a window, raising his wine glass, a hunting horn and pigeon on the window sill before him
oil on panel
28 by 23cm.; 11 by 9in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is slightly dirty with a discoloured varnish. There is evidence of bitumenisation in some of the darker pigments, notably in the man's hair and in the background around this. A distinctive network of craquelure has also developed in some areas, for example in his sleeves and most notably in his face, where discoloured retouching is visible. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouchings and reveals an uneven varnish, which fluoresces opaquely, as well as a few retouchings: scattered along the margins; in the neck of the pigeon; in his proper left shoulder; and a few small spots in the background.
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Inventory, 1949, in the Library
A copy of Gabriel Metsu's signed and dated panel from 1661, today in the Mauritshuis, The Hague (inv. no. 93; 28 x 22.8 cm.).