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Circle of Robert Peake

Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, wearing an embroidered waistcoat, with lace collar and cuffs

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

The Property of a Private Collector

Circle of Robert Peake

Circle of Robert Peake

Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, wearing an embroidered waistcoat, with lace collar and cuffs

Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, wearing an embroidered waistcoat, with lace collar and cuffs

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

The Property of a Private Collector

Circle of Robert Peake

Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, wearing an embroidered waistcoat, with lace collar and cuffs


dated upper left: · 1607 ·

oil on canvas

unframed: 98.5 x 77 cm.; 38¾ x 30¼ in.

framed: 123.3 x 103.8 cm.; 48½ x 40⅞ in.

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


The canvas is lined and there is good adhesion between the original canvas and the lining fabric.

The paint is slightly raised in some areas but is stable and secure.


Under U-V light restored loss to upper left in the background and down the left hand edge can be seen. Minor restored loss to the upper right background can also be detected along with reduction of pale shrinkage craquelure.


There is a significant restored damage to the sitter’s proper left cheek and jaw line and into the lace collar, accompanied by minor scattered pin prick loss to the rest of her face and the reduction of dark cracking in the skin tones. Further losses to the bottom of her dress have been treated. These have been sensitively reconstructed.


A scattering of minor paint loss, including pin prick losses to her embroidered dress and slashed sleeve coverings can also be detected.


The paint texture of the lace collar and cuffs is in very good original condition and the impasted areas and details to the fine embroidery of the sitter’s dress are well preserved.

The chromatic variation to the embroidery and the tonal nuance is maintained.


Vulnerable ‘top note’ glazes to the skin tones have been compromised leading to a slight loss of modelling in these areas.


No tonal improvement would be gained by removing the varnish and the painting presents well.


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 Hotspur Gallery, Richmond, London 1943;
With Peter Wengraf, The Arcade Gallery, London, by 1947;
From whom purchased in 1948 by the late husband of the previous owner;
By whom anonymously sold ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2018, lot 129, where acquired.
London, Arcade Gallery, Elizabethan Portraits, 19 March – 19 April 1947, no. 17.
The sitter wears an impressive necklace formed of spherical and egg-shaped links, which are possibly made out of crystal. Those that are egg-shaped may be hollow, and would possibly have contained pomanders or aromatic substances to scent foul air and protect against infections. She also wears black jet bead bracelets, worn to emphasise the desirable whiteness of the lady's skin by contrast. Her embroidered waistcoat is depicted accurately with triangular gores around the waistline, but the large pattern repeat of red foliage in her skirt, underneath a very fine linen or silk, is possibly fictional.