Property from the Collection of Stan Battat
ATTRIBUTED TO GORTZIUS GELDORP
Leuven 1553 - 1618 Cologne
HEAD OF A LADY
oil on panel, a fragment
panel: 16¾ by 14¾ in.; 42.5 by 37.5 cm.
framed: 28¼ by 26½ in.; 71.8 by 67.3 cm.
The panel is uncradled and has a slight vertical undulation. On the reverse there are two lines of small battens that run vertically: one possibly addresses a join, while the second addresses a crack to the panel. The panel shows an elegant sitters with details in the pearls well-preserved. The join in the front runs through the sitter's left side of her neck while the crack forms a curved line and runs through the sitter's proper left eye and extends to the right side of her neck. These areas have been retouched and fluoresce under UV. Further spots of retouching also fluoresce under UV like a diagonal thick line in the bottom left corner.
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Anonymous sale ("Property of a Deceased Estate"), London, Christie's, 30 April 2015, lot 427;