DUTCH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
A YAPPING KING CHARLES SPANIEL
oil on canvas, unlined
unframed: 28.4 x 29.4 cm.; 11⅛ x 11½ in.
framed: 33.8 x 35 cm.; 13⅜ x 13¾ in.
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The canvas is unlined, the paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouchings along all four margins and to a fine, superficial vertical scratch just to the right of the dog's eye, approx. 3 cm. long, to some small areas around it's lower jaw and on the background around its hind leg. The painting is in overall fairly good condition.
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Private collection, The Netherlands.
This lively painting of a King Charles spaniel portrays a popular subject in Dutch art of the 17th century. Dogs were frequently represented in artworks, in accordance with the interest for realism and details of everyday life that characterised this period.