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20

After Gabriel Metsu

A man returning from a hunt, greeted by a lady in an interior

Reserves

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 USD

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

After Gabriel Metsu

After Gabriel Metsu

A man returning from a hunt, greeted by a lady in an interior

A man returning from a hunt, greeted by a lady in an interior

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,386

USD

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

After Gabriel Metsu

A man returning from a hunt, greeted by a lady in an interior


oil on panel

panel: 19 ⅜ by 14 ⅝ in.; 49.2 by 37.1 cm. 

framed: 26 ¼ by 21 ½ in.; 66.7 by 54.6 cm. 

The panal is cradled and planar. The image reads well beneath an old and discolored varnish. There are some yellowed spots of varnish on the figure at center. There are some thin retouched cracks near the center of the lower edge, and there is a network of cracks in and around the figure at left. A small loss in the lower right corner on the table. The maid in the background has been reworked, as visible to the naked eye. Inspection under UV reveals an uneven varnish. The figure at center appears largely untouched. There are some broad areas of retouching in the upper background, the lower foreground, and in the costume of the hunter, as well as some retouches to the maid in the background. Some retouches to the red fabric on the table, and the back of the chair at center, and some thin strokes to address the craquelure in spots. Offered in a modern wood frame with a fabric liner.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Edward G. O'Reilly;
By whom sold, New York, Anderson Galleries, 23 January 1936, lot 25 (as Gabriel Metsu);
There acquired by Mrs. H.C. Buswell;
Thence by bequest to the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, 1955 (inv. no. 55.76).

A. Waiboer, Gabriel Metsu: Life and Work, New Haven and London 2012, pp. 265-266, cat. no. A-125, copy number 3.

This is an 18th or 19th century painting after a 17th century composition by Gabriel Metsu, the original of which was formerly in the collection of the Duc de Choiseul and later in the Rothschild collection.1 The composition proved to be very popular, and a large number of copies after the original are known.2 Its popularity further spread by way of an engraving by François-Robert Ingouf (circa 1770-1772), which recorded the original composition in reverse.3  The present work follows the orientation of Ingouf's engraving, suggesting it follows the engraving.  


1. Oil on panel, 61 by 45.7 cm. https://rkd.nl/explore/images/216561. 

2. Waiboer records around a dozen copies in his catalogue raisonné. See Waiboer 2012, pp. 265-266, under cat. no. A-125.  

3. https://rkd.nl/explore/images/215278