CHARLES POERSON | ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Vic-sur-Seille 1609 - 1667 Paris
ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
signed lower center: C. Poerson V.F.
oil on canvas
29¼ by 23⅛ in.; 74.5 by 58.5 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work on canvas has an old glue lining, which is nicely presenting the surface. The work is slightly dirty now, and there are visible remnants of dirt in the blue gown worn by the female figure in the upper center, and in the white blouse of the praying woman in the lower left. It is recommended that the work be lightly cleaned and varnished, and this debris removed from the surface.
There are retouches in the seated figure in the lower right, which seem to address pentimenti that had become more visible over time above and below his left arm, and in his back and thighs. The faces are all well preserved in the figure group in the lower left. The neck and shoulders of the praying woman in the lower left have received some restorations, again possibly addressing some pentimenti. There are tiny dots of retouching in the shadowed areas of the blue gown worn by the saint in the lower left. Except in the upper right, there are hardly any retouches in the angels and putti. There is another small restoration along the top edge and through a wing of the dove.
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With Eric Turquin S.A.R.L., Paris;
From whom acquired by the present collector in 1996.
N. Sainte Fare Garnot, La Vierge, le roi et le ministre. Le décor du choeur de Notre-Dame de Paris aux XVII siècle, Paris, 1996, pp. 76-77, under cat. 91.