JAN VERMEULEN | Still life with an open book
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Property from a European Private Collection
active in Haarlem before 1652 - in or after 1655
STILL LIFE WITH AN OPEN BOOK
signed on the hourglass centre: IVM
oil on canvas
unframed: 103.5 x 84.3 cm.; 40¾ x 33¼in.
framed: 116 x 97 cm.; 45 5/8 x 38 1/4 in.
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The old relining is stable and strong. The painted surface sits under a thick layer of old discoloured varnish. In natural light some very old retouchings with have long discoloured my be seen, principally in the background of the lower parts of the painting, including in the shadow of cast by the inscribed manuscript and on its outer surface, and in the lower left corner of the painting, but very little in the upper two thirds of the painting. These are too old to be seen under ultra-violet light, which does however reveal a very few retouchings done on top of the old varnish. This painting would benefit hugely from cleaning to bring out its true beauty. The old retouching would then need to be redone, but this does not appear to be a major task. Simple giltwood frame
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Johann Peter Clemens (1820-79), owner of the private Banking House Clemens, Koblenz;
Thence by inheritance to his daughter Angelika Liebieg (1847-1919), Schloß Liebieg, Kobern-Gondorf and Reichenberg (now Liberec, Czech Republic);
Thence by inheritance to the present owner.
A comparable painting by the artist, with a similar composition in reverse, is in The Mauritshuis, The Hague (inv. no. 402).1