JOHANN GOTTFRIED STEFFAN | A MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE WITH A WATERFALL
Property of a Private Collector
JOHANN GOTTFRIED STEFFAN
Wädenswil 1815 - 1905 Munich
A MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE WITH A WATERFALL
singled and dated lower right: J. G. Steffan 1871 München
oil on canvas, unlined
canvas: 22¼ by 16 in.; 56.5 by 40.6 cm.
framed: 28 by 22 in.; 71.1 by 55.9 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 painting is unlined and although the canvas is quite wavy in the upper portion, hopefully it can remain unlined. A vertical scratch or possibly a slight tear has occurred in the center right. The picture has most likely never been properly cleaned.
Under ultraviolet light there are some restorations visible here and there in the darker colors which presumably address some fine cracking, blooming to the varnish or abrasion, although it seems unlikely. It would be advisable to clean the picture to ascertain the reason for this retouching, which may be misguided. Despite the fact that there are retouches, the condition of the painting is good and we would encourage a reexamination of the restoration.
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Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 25 January 2008, lot 418;
There acquired by the current owner.
Born in Switzerland, Johann Gottfried Steffan moved in 1833 to Munich, where he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste and the Polytechnikum. Impressed by Carl Rottmann’s Italian landscapes, Steffan decided to devote himself to landscape painting of lake and mountain scenes.