Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation
Paris 1714 - 1789
oil on canvas
canvas: 49 1/2 by 37 1/4 in.; 125.7 by 94.5 cm.
framed: 59 by 46 3/4 in.; 149.8 by 118.7 cm.
The canvas is lined and stable. The paint layer has been beautifully preserved, with thick, fluid brushstrokes still visible and fresh in many areas, particularly the woman's costume. The varnish is even and soft, nicely reflecting the overall warm tone of the painting. There are a few areas of very small abrasion which appear to be only in the varnish, these are along the right edge at center, about 4 inches into the composition, and just below the eye of the man, again running vertically, and on the left side running vertically near his shoulder. Under ultraviolet light one can see a handful of very small restorations in the background, though only two notable areas in the figures - one at the top of the center of the gentleman's breastplate, just below his neck, a circular area about 1 inch diameter, and the other on the right side of the woman's hair, running up into the background about 1 inch wide and 3 inches high. These are not noticeable to the naked eye. Overall this is in very good condition and could be hung as is, or revarnished to address the very slight abrasions. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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