Property from a Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER
A GUARDROOM INTERIOR
bears signature lower right: D. TENIERS . f
oil on panel
panel: 19¾ by 27¾ in.; 50.2 by 70 cm.
framed: 27¼ by 35 in.; 69.2 by 88.9 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has not been recently restored. The panel has an old cradle on the reverse and is flat. There is evidence of an old crack in the center of the left side, but this is not active. There is slight instability and about a dozen small losses in the floor on the bottom edge. Retouches are not identifiable under ultraviolet light due to a thick discolored old varnish on the surface. No restorations are visible to the naked eye. While the condition seems to be good in general, it would not be unusual for there to be older restorations in the darker colors, particularly in the interior on the right side. The work would respond well to proper restoration.
"This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."
Ernest May, Paris;
Private collector, New York;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 14 March 1951, lot 53.
Teniers painted multiple guardroom interiors, which served as inspiration for this composition. In the foreground, a still life of armors, saddles, drums, and pistols sit opposite to a black servant, while the background presents a group of soldiers either gambling, drinking, smoking, or resting. This format relates to two other paintings by Teniers that recently sold at Sotheby's.1
1. Oil on copper, 35.2 by 45.5 cm., anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 January 2011, lot 272, for 86,500 GBP; oil on copper, 49 by 65 cm., anonymous sale ("Property of a Gentleman"), London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2010, lot 12, for 397,250 GBP.