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Alessandro Allori

Portrait of a lady in black, holding a book, three-quarter length

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Property from an Important Collection

Alessandro Allori

Alessandro Allori

Portrait of a lady in black, holding a book, three-quarter length

Portrait of a lady in black, holding a book, three-quarter length

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Lot sold:

315,000

USD

Property from an Important Collection

Alessandro Allori

Florence 1535 - 1607

Portrait of a lady in black, holding a book, three-quarter length


oil on panel

panel: 42 by 33 in.; 106.7 by 83.8 cm.

framed: 51 by 43 in.; 129.5 by 109.2 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work is generally in very good condition.

It is painted on a panel that has been cradled on the reverse. The cradle seems to be effective; the panel is flat, and the paint layer is stable. Cracks in the panel are slightly visible on the top edge, one in the upper left, one in the upper right, and two in the center—one of which enters the hair of the figure but not the face. On the bottom edge, there is one vertical break that is slightly active in the lower left, and one running through the fingers of the hand.

The paint layer is visibly dirty. There are very few retouches. There are older retouches that are not clearly visible under ultraviolet light, but these are not extensive and seem to have only been applied to the cracks in the panel. There are no signs of any abrasion.


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.

With Ehrich Galleries, New York (as Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Eleonora Toledo);

With Arthur W. Newton Gallery, London, 1935;

Possibly, purchased from the above by the grandfather of the present collector.