A wooded landscape with figures conversing on a path, a cottage beneath oak trees beyond |《林木風景，路上寒暄的行人與橡樹下的小屋》
Property from a European Private Collection
Amsterdam 1638 - 1709
A wooded landscape with figures conversing on a path, a cottage
beneath oak trees beyond
Indistinctly signed lower right: Hobbe....
oil on oak panel
59.9 x 84 cm.; 23½ x 33 1/8 in.
59.9 x 84 公分；23 ½ x 33 ⅛ 英寸
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
Meindert Hobbema A wooded landscape with figures conversing on a path, a cottage beneath oak trees beyond Oil on panel, in a modern black and gilt wood frame, with minor chips.
The oak wood support is in a good stable and flat condition. There is a repaired horizontal join 15cm from the top edge and a horizontal split approximately 25 cm long above the horizon, running from the left hand edge. The paint layer is in very good preserved condition and the paint texture through the tree foliage is in good original state. Original energetic brushwork is retained in the sky and in the foreground. Natural thinning of the paint layer, particularly in the sky, but also to a degree through the buildings, has allowed for the pale ground colour to dominate in some areas. Under u-v light re-touching out of this pale layer has been undertaken and is visible, along with minor resolved paint loss along the join. In some of the darker passages the naturally thinly applied paint has dried and dispersed leaving fine filigree of pale shrinkage cracks, most noticeable in the darker passages. A residue of old varnish remains in the tree foliage and its removal would enhance the overall tonality and reveal subtle chromatic values.
"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.
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There bought by Consul Eduard Friedrich Weber (1830–1907), Hamburg (according to Hofstede de Groot 1912 below);
His sale, Berlin, Lepke, 20–22 February 1912, lot 322, sold for 39,000 marks to Sedelmeyer;
With Galerie Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris, 1913;
James H. Clarke, Philadelphia;
Helen G. Clarke, Philadelphia;
From whose estate sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 2 December 1976, lot 52, for $26,000;
Acquired by the present owner in the 1990s.
Illustrated Catalogue of the Twelfth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters ... being a portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris 1913, p. 21, no. 11, reproduced;
C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné…, vol. IV, London 1912, p. 364, no. 34 (as ‘A Cottage under Oaks’);
G. Broulhiet, Meindert Hobbema, Paris 1938, p. 415, no. 282, reproduced.