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Follower of Frans van Mieris the Elder

A lady and her maid in an interior

Reserves

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Property from the Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Frans van Mieris the Elder

Follower of Frans van Mieris the Elder

A lady and her maid in an interior

A lady and her maid in an interior

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Lot sold:

2,772

USD

Property from the Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Frans van Mieris the Elder

A lady and her maid in an interior


oil on panel, marouflaged

panel: 12 ¼ by 9 ½ in.; 31.1 by 24.1 cm.  

framed: 18 ⅛ by 15 ¼ in.; 46 by 38.7 cm.  

The original panel has been thin and marouflaged to another modern panel. it is cradled, stable, and planar. The painted surface reads well beneath an old varnish. The colors remain vibrant and the details, particularly those of the figures, well-preserved. The vertical wood grain is faintly visible to the eye in some parts. There are some small and old retouched losses near the lower edge, and there is some frame abrasion along the left edge. Some of the darker details in the background have lost some definition with age. Inspection under UV reveals a thick and milky varnish. Only a few more recent scattered restorations are visible, one in the upper left background, a few in the red fabric at lower right, and some strokes to attend to the lower left corner. No spots fluoresce on the figures or their costumes. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt frame with some nicks and losses.


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Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Jean Yver, 11 May 1772, lot 17 (to van der Schley);
Abbé de Gévigny, his sale, Paris, A.J. Paillet, 1 December 1779, lot 359 (as Frans van Mieris);
Vincent Donjeux, his sale, Paris, Lebrun et Paillet, 29 April 1793, lot 259 (as Frans van Mieris);
E.M. Engelberts, his sale, Amsterdam, Philippe van der Schley, 25 August 1817, lot 56 (to Coclers);
Jan Bleuland, his sale, Utrecht, Lamme, 6 May 1839, lot 215 (as F. van Mieris, to Burton);
Frau von Mutius, née von Mecklenburg, Berlin, by 1883;
With J. Porgès, Paris;
With Dr. Wendland, Basel;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Fischer, 27 July 1926, lot 164 (as Frans van Mieris the Elder, and as accepted by Hofstede de Groot);
With Ehrich Galleries, New York, by 1930;
Whitelaw Reid;
His sale, New York, American Art Association, 14-18 May 1935, lot 1126 (as Frans van Mieris the Elder);
Bertha Buswell;
Thence by bequest to the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1955 (inv. no. 1955.68).

C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, vol. X, Esslingen 1928, no. 71;
O. Naumann, Frans van Mieris the Elder, Groningen 1981, vol. II, p. 150, cat. no. C47 (under rejected attributions, and possibly by Frans van Mieris the Younger).  
Berlin, 1883, no. 74 (according to Naumann 1981, see Literature).
This charming interior scene very like follows a lost original by Frans van Mieris the Elder.  Another version of this composition by a follower of the artist appeared on the market at Christie's London on 31 October 2013 (lot 36).