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French School, circa 1630-1640

Portrait of a man, bust length, with a hat, unfinished

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Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 USD

Sold Without Reserve

French School, circa 1630-1640

French School, circa 1630-1640

Portrait of a man, bust length, with a hat, unfinished

Portrait of a man, bust length, with a hat, unfinished

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

4,410

USD

Sold Without Reserve

French School, circa 1630-1640

Portrait of a man, bust length, with a hat, unfinished


oil on canvas

canvas: 24 ⅛ by 20 ⅛ in.; 61.3 by 51 cm.

framed: 31 ⅝ by 27 ⅝ in.; 79.8 by 70 cm. 

The canvas has an old, thin relining. The overall image reads strongly overall. The face of the figure appears to retain good quality and is the most highly finished element of the composition. Other parts of his costume appear in various stages of finish, with his hat largely in an unfinished state, and some of the ground is visible through the thin preparatory layer. There is an old restored repair in the sitter's proper right cheek, one in the background above his hat, as well as in his costume near the buttons of his coat. There is a pattern of stable craquelure throughout. Inspection under UV reveals a milky varnish, beneath which there is more than one campaign of restoration. The sitter's face appears largely untouched, apart from the repair in his cheek, and a few scattered strokes, such as in and around his proper left eye and cheek as well as some fine strokes in his hair. There are spots of old retouching in the collar, some more modern strokes scattered in the coat, and some more loosely applied retouching to the background, primarily near the upper edge, and to the right of his beard. The painting appears to be of good quality, and may improve with some sensitive restoration. Otherwise, it is ready to hang. Offered in a dark wood frame with decorative gild liners and edges.


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