FRENCH SCHOOL, 1640S | THE INTERIOR OF AN ARTIST'S STUDIO, WITH THREE FIGURES
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
Property from a Private Collection
FRENCH SCHOOL, 1640S
THE INTERIOR OF AN ARTIST'S STUDIO, WITH THREE FIGURES
oil on canvas
unframed: 49.4 x 54.7 cm.; 19½ x 21½ in.
framed: 72.8 x 78.2 cm.; 28⅝ x 30¾ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There is a slight degree of wear throughout the painted surface, and a handful of minor scuffs visible long the margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a fairly extensive campaign of small fine lines of retouching scattered throughout the main composition, with more concentrated areas in: the lower left corner and in the left half of the lower margin; in the leftmost figure's face; in the upper section of the coat draped on the chair; and in the hair and boots of the rightmost figure, and ground beneath him. None of these impede the legibility of the image, and the painting is in overall fairly good condition, ready to hang in its current state.
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By whom sold, London, Christie's, 19 May 1939, lot 105 (as Michael Sweerts), to Agnew;
In the collection of the family of the present owner since the 1950s
R. Kultzen, Michael Sweerts (1624–1664), doctoral diss., Hamburg 1954, p. 29, cat. no. 109 (under Rejected Attributions);
M.R. Waddingham, 'The Sweerts Exhibition in Rotterdam', in Paragone Arte, vol. 107, November 1958, pp. 68–69, reproduced fig. 20 (as Sweerts);
R. Kultzen, Michael Sweerts, Doornspijk 1996, p. 136, cat. no. R1, reproduced fig. 157 (under Rejected Attributions).
We are grateful to Dr Fred G. Meijer for suggesting the painting to have been executed by an artist working in France, probably Paris, in the 1640s. Although previously attributed to Michael Sweerts, the objects depicted and the clothes of the figures, as well as the palette of the painting, suggest a French, rather than Dutch, hand.