David Teniers the Younger
The Wine Harvest |《葡萄酒收穫》
Property from an Important English Private Collection
David Teniers the Younger
Antwerp 1610 - 1690 Brussels
The Wine Harvest
signed lower right: D. TENIERS f
款識：藝術家簽名D. TENIERS f（右下）
oil on canvas, in a Panshanger frame
142.5 x 267 cm.; 56 x 105 1/8 in.
142.5 x 267 公分；56 x 105 ⅛ 英寸
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
David Teniers the Younger The Wine Harvest Oil on canvas, in a gilt wood frame with some wear
The original canvas is lined. The paint surface is slightly raised in some areas, most noticeably in the upper centre of the blue of the sky and along the lower edge, visible in raking light, and there is some minor instability. The canvas has been made out all round to fit the frame and these later additions, approximately 2cm wide, are unstable and discoloured. There has been slight damage to the upper left and right corners with associated loss and restoration, now discoloured. The paint layer is in very good original condition, overall, with impasted paint and bravura brushwork well preserved. Fine details and subtle highlights, such as those to the tools and flagon in the foreground, are intact. There has been slight damage to the upper left and right corners with associated paint loss and restoration, now discoloured. There is a small paint loss to the extreme right barrel and to a small area between the cooper and the dog in the foreground. Fine scattered loss across the surface has been restored out. In many cases the old restoration is not only discoloured but is also excessive. There is a discoloured opaque varnish over the surface, its removal would improve the overall tonality and reveal untouched subtle chromatic values.
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By descent to his son, William, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779–1848);
By descent to his sister, Emily, Countess Cowper/Viscountess Palmerston (1787–1869);
By descent to her grandson, Francis, 7th Earl Cowper (1834–1905), when (1869) the canvas was moved to his family seat,Panshanger House, Hertfordshire where it was hung in the Small Dining Room;
By descent to his niece, Ethel (Ettie) Desborough (1867–1952);
By descent to her daughter, the Hon. Imogen Viscountess Gage (1906–1969), when the canvas was moved to the Gage family seat, Firle Place, East Sussex where it was hung in the Long Gallery;
Thence by descent.
A Graves, A Century of Loan Exhibitions 1813–1912, vol. III, London 1914, p. 1290;
C. Hussey, ‘Country Homes and Gardens Old and New: Panshanger. A seat of Lord and Lady Desborough’, in Country Life, 11 January 1936, p. 44 (as in the Small White Dining Room).
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of works by the Old Masters, 1881, no. 76 (‘Worship of Bacchus’; lent by 7th Earl Cowper).