ENGLISH SCHOOL, 1619
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS MISS CULPEPER
Oil and gold paint on silver, unframed, associated leather case;
inscribed and dated centre right: AET 5 / 1619, inscribed in a later hand verso: Colepepper [sic] / family - / 1619 / found in the / Gardens of / Preston Hall / Kent
72 by 55 mm.
Some specs of paint loss all over, most notable in the hair and on hand. The inscription is now indistinct. Overall charming.
"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."
Sale, London, Christie's, 26 June 1980, lot 84
Foskett, 1989, pp. 60, 61 and 64, illust.
According to the inscription on the reverse of this miniature the work was re-discovered at Preston Hall, Kent. The Hall was the seat of the Culpeper family between 1300 and 1734. The Baronetcy of Culpeper was created in 1627 for William Culpeper (1588-1651).