JEAN-BAPTISTE OUDRY | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF LENGTH, IN A POWDERED WIG, BEFORE A COLUMN
8,000 - 12,000 USD
Property from a Distinguished American Collection Sold without Reserve
8,000 - 12,000 USD
Property from a Distinguished American Collection
Sold without Reserve
Paris 1686 - 1755 Beauvais
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF LENGTH, IN A POWDERED WIG, BEFORE A COLUMN
oil on canvas
canvas: 36⅛ by 28¾ in.; 91.7 by 73.1 cm.
framed: 44 by 37 in.; 111.8 by 94 cm.
The canvas is tightly lined and is stable on its stretcher. The image presents strongly beneath a clear and crisp varnish, and the paint layer is stable. Detail has been well-preserved in the delicate lace of the sitter's costume as well as in the intricate decorative fabric that appears on his sleeve at the lower left, near his neck, and at the cuff around his hand at right. The canvas has been pressed in some areas, for example in the lower portion of the wig. Inspection under UV reveals an area of restoration and a few scattered spots at the center of the lower edge, as well as a diagonal spot in his lower chest. There are also a few spots of old restored repairs scattered in the background, for example to the left of his shoulder, near the upper left edge, and near the center of the top edge, as well as two areas to the upper right of his wig, though all of these repairs have been well attended to. There are a few very fine and well-applied strokes of retouching and strengthening scattered here and there in his face, costume, hand, wig, and architecture. There are additional spots in the background in the lower left, as well as a very thin scratch in this area. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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This handsome work is illustrative of Jean-Baptiste Oudry's early training as a portrait painter. Such examples are rare, for at a young age Oudry abandoned portraiture in favor of depictions of animals, for which he is now most recognized.