Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
LEIDEN SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
A STILL-LIFE PAINTER IN HIS WORKSHOP
oil on oak panel
unframed: 48 x 62 cm.; 19 x 24½ in.
framed: 63 x 77 cm.; 24¾ x 30¼ in.
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The panel is cradled. A visible panel join runs through the width of the picture, along which there is a visible line of discoloured retouchings. There is some visible frame abrasion along the margins; some restored, some not. There are two curved upward scratches from the ledge at the bottom, up through the back of the artist and a third running horizontally through the seat of the artist that are visible in raking light. The varnish appears uneven with some scattered surface scratches and scuffs. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish that fluoresces opaque, making precise analysis of earlier restoration quite difficult - however retouchings along the aforementioned horizontal panel join and curved scratches are visible, along with some other scattered retouchings, some earlier restoration beneath the unevenly applied and thick varnish should be assumed. In fair overall condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 October 2011, lot 294, when acquired.
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