JEAN-BAPTISTE LE PRINCE
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN ON A DIVAN
signed and dated lower left: Le Prince 1772
oil on canvas, unlined
28 5/8 by 35 5/8 in.; 72.7 by 90.5 cm
The following condition report has been provided by Alain Goldrach of Goldrach Restorations LLC., 122 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
The canvas unlined, on its original stretcher has greatly benefited from the last restorer conservatism. Instead of lining the painting he or she applied a few small patches to the back to consolidate areas of lifting or cracking. Therefore the painting has kept its original surface.
The crackelure, rather pronounced like in all French picture of the period, is in this case visually acceptable because of the low reflectivity of the varnish Under ultraviolet ,one immediately notices that the last cleaning was carefully concentrated on the figure of the woman in her luxurious outfit. The background was very lightly cleaned, possibly an indication of the solubility of the darks. They are some very fine retouches at lower right in the rug as well as some retouches over the patched underlying the support.
The painting reads beautifully and the figure of the women particularly is in wonderful state of preservation.
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