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635

Godfried Schalcken

Portrait of a young girl, believed to be Anne Conslade, wearing a blue dress with a brown mantle and holding an orange

Estimate:

10,000 to - 15,000 USD

Property from a Private Collection, New England

Godfried Schalcken

Godfried Schalcken

Portrait of a young girl, believed to be Anne Conslade, wearing a blue dress with a brown mantle and holding an orange

Portrait of a young girl, believed to be Anne Conslade, wearing a blue dress with a brown mantle and holding an orange

Estimate:

10,000 to - 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

35,280

USD

Property from a Private Collection, New England

Godfried Schalcken

Made, near Breda 1643 - 1706 The Hague

Portrait of a young girl, believed to be Anne Conslade, wearing a blue dress with a brown mantle and holding an orange


signed lower left: G. Schalcken

oil on canvas

unframed: 49 1/8 by 39 1/8 in.; 124.7 by 99.4 cm.  

framed: 58 1/2 by 48 1/2 in.; 148.6 by 123.2 cm. 

The canvas is lined and is stable on its stretcher. The painting appears to be in good condition overall, with a lovely retention of detail and a crisp coloration, and it can certainly hang in its present state. There is a very faint pattern of craquelure on the surface, and there is some faint thinness in a few of the foliage details in the background. Inspection under UV reveals a somewhat milky varnish. The scattered and very finely applied retouching seems to be largely cosmetic, much of it attending to craquelure and the slightly thinned areas, and the figure, particularly her face and costume, appear largely untouched. Some fine strokes of strengthening are visible in her hair, in the contours of her arm, and in the foliage of the plant at upper right and the foliage near the center of the left edge. There are some additional fine strokes of retouching here and there in her raised arm, including one very small possible repair in the center of her fingers. Additional scattered finely applied strokes of retouching fluoresce here and there in the background, with a spot at the lower trunk of the potted plant and a few more concentrated area near the lower half of the left edge. Offered in a grand a decoratively carved giltwood frame.


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With Peter Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut, by circa 1968;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 July 1979, lot 111;
There acquired (or shortly thereafter) by a private English collector;
Thence by descent in the family until 2016;
From whom acquired by Johnny van Haeften;
From whom acquired by the present owner, 2017.  
T. Beherman, Godfried Schalcken, Paris 1988, p. 200, cat. no. 99, reproduced (as location unknown and as dated circa 1692-1699);
W. Franits, Godefridus Schalcken: A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London, Amsterdam 2018, pp. 168-169, cat. no. A17, reproduced fig. 85.  
Godfried Schalcken trained as an artist in Leiden under Gerrit Dou and went on to spend the early years of his career as an independent artist in Dordrecht where, after Nicolaes Maes' departure to Amsterdam, he became the most sought after portrait painter. It is during this period that he became internationally famous for his subtle rendering of various kinds of natural and artificial light. In May 1692 Godfried Schacken moved his family to London where they remained until the summer of 1696. In England he painted mainly portraits and candle lit scenes, and this endearing portrait, said to be of Anne Conslade, is dated to this English period. The orange is a symbol of fertility, and so one can suppose that this portrait anticipated the marriage of the young sitter. The orange was also a sign of wealth: the fruit was loved by the English gentry and was grown in many country houses which will each have required a greenhouse to maintain the trees through winter.