Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
WILLIAM GOUW FERGUSON
Scotland circa 1633 - after 1695
STILL LIFE WITH GAME, WITH A PARTRIDGE AND A KINGFISHER
signed and dated: W.G. Ferguson. fe. 1682
oil on canvas
unframed: 62.6 x 53.6 cm.; 24⅝ x 21⅛ in.
framed: 86.5 x 77.5 cm.; 34 x 30½ in.
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The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the opaque varnish, beneath which it is difficult to discern previous restoration, though it appears there might be some along the upper margin. The rest of the composition appears seemingly untouched. In overall good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, 18 May 1981, lot 29, when acquired.
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E. Gemar-Költzsch et al., Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, Lingen 1995, vol. II, p. 345, cat. no. 126/10, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, p. 108, cat. no. 19, reproduced in colour.