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Michael Herr

Portrait of Johann Jobst Schmidtmaier von Schwarzenbruck (1611-47); Portrait of his wife, Anna Maria (1605-64), both standing, full-length, in interiors with landscapes visible through windows beyond

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 GBP

The Property of a South German Noble Family

Michael Herr

Michael Herr

Portrait of Johann Jobst Schmidtmaier von Schwarzenbruck (1611-47); Portrait of his wife, Anna Maria (1605-64), both standing, full-length, in interiors with landscapes visible through windows beyond

Portrait of Johann Jobst Schmidtmaier von Schwarzenbruck (1611-47); Portrait of his wife, Anna Maria (1605-64), both standing, full-length, in interiors with landscapes visible through windows beyond

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 GBP

The Property of a South German Noble Family

Michael Herr

Kraichtal 1591 - 1661 Nuremberg

Portrait of Johann Jobst Schmidtmaier von Schwarzenbruck (1611-47); Portrait of his wife, Anna Maria (1605-64), both standing, full-length, in interiors with landscapes visible through windows beyond


the former: signed lower right: Michel. Herr pinxitthe latter: inscribed with her coat-of-arms, and dated: 1639, on the book; and inscribed on the dog's collar: IS

both charged with the coats-of-arms of the sitters, and dated: MDCXL [1640], with their mottos in Latin (the former) and German (the latter), in the stained glass windows

a pair, both oil on canvas, unlined, each with collectors' red wax seals on the reverse

unframed: each 216.4 x 117.5 cm.; 85 1/8 x 46 1/4 in.

framed: each 224.2 x 124.2 cm.; 88 1/4 x 48 7/8 in.

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The canvases are unlined, the paint surfaces are very dirty and the varnishes are discoloured.


The former:

Some areas of the darker pigments, notably in the upper right corner, have developed a more distinct craquelure and there are some resultant small losses. There are also some losses in the lower left corner and along the lower margin, with other small, scattered losses centre left and in the background. There is retouching visible to the naked eye to a large area of damage which runs from the middle of the window pane through the castle and down into the sitter's sleeve. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the old, milky varnish but appears to reveal other small retouchings in parts of the sitter's lace collar, and extensive retouching possibly to old ares of flaking through his black clothes, and in the top of his hand and the carpet above this.


The latter:

Some areas of the darker pigments, notably in the upper right corner, have developed a more distinct craquelure upper left and around her hair, with a handful of resultant small losses. There are visible areas of retouching to former losses in the arch of the window and to several areas in the background to her right, as well as scattered in the lower half of her dress. There is an I-shaped tear in the background to the right of the table leg lower left, with associated losses which is supported on the reverse by a patch of canvas. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the old, milky varnish but confirms the aforementioned retouchings and further reveals other retouchings scattered throughout, but there do not appear to be any other major damages.


The varnishes make it difficult to discern the extent of previous intervention. Both canvases would benefit greatly from cleaning and consolidation of some areas of the paint surface. Much of the fine detail in both paintings, particular in the female sitter's jewellery, remain very well preserved.


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