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Flemish School, circa 1630-1640

A fantasy palace with elegant company

Estimate:

6,000 to - 8,000 USD

Property from a West Coast Private Collection

Flemish School, circa 1630-1640

Flemish School, circa 1630-1640

A fantasy palace with elegant company

A fantasy palace with elegant company

Estimate:

6,000 to - 8,000 USD

Lot sold:

30,240

USD

Property from a West Coast Private Collection

Flemish School, circa 1630-1640

A fantasy palace with elegant company


oil on glass and copper, with a cut perspective corner

glass: 9⅝ by 8 in.; 23.7 by 20.3 cm.

framed: 12½ by 14⅜ in.; 31.7 by 36.5 cm. 

The painting is made of a few layers of different media, in order to create perspective. The first layer is a sheet of glass that is flat and has some unevenness to the edges, most noticeable at upper left corner. The paint on the glass surface reads clearly with some good retention of detail and color, such as in the standing figure in the lower left. There are some scattered small losses here and there, for example in the shoulder of the man in yellow and red in the foreground, and the paint surface is somewhat dirty with some delicate surface accretions here and there. The glass is painted on the reverse in the lower left corner with a type of silver metallic paint that has some losses, including in an area in the lower left of this section. Below the sheet of glass, there is a wood panel, the upper register of which is recessed, into which is placed a series of shaped and painted copper plates to make the colonnade at upper right, as well as some thin painted films for the foliage and the figures in the upper left distance. The paint surface on the copper plates has survived in good condition. Offered in a wooden framing device that holds all of the elements in place.


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With Alan Jacobs Gallery, London;
From whom acquired, February 1985.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988.
This intriguing painting on glass illustrates an elegant company of figures within a fictitious palace.  The figures are gathered near a shimmering body of silver water animated by a fountain and a few swans.  The viewer's eye is pulled into the scene not only by the diagonals of the floor tiles in the foreground, but also by the recessed series of shaped copper plates in the upper right corner that form a colonnade and create a believable visual space.  The delicate and almost translucent foliage in the background also adds further dimension to the scene.  Although the author of this cleverly arranged composition is unknown, the costume of the figures suggest it was painted in circa 1630-1640.