Still life of flowers in a vase with a bird's nest upon a marble ledge《靜物：大理石臺上的一瓶鮮花與鳥巢》
Property from the Collection formed by the late Mr and Mrs Barge-Dreesmann
The Hague 1664 - 1750 Amsterdam
Still life of flowers in a vase with a bird's nest upon a marble ledge
signed and dated upper left: Rachel Ruysch 1738
oil on canvas, unlined, the reverse with a wax collector's seal and the initials GS
44 x 39 cm.; 17¼ x 15⅜ in.
款識：藝術家簽名並紀年Rachel Ruysch 1738（左上）
44 x 39 公分；17 ¼ x 15 ⅜ 英寸
The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
The canvas appears to be unlined with the turnover and tacking edges strengthened with a thin strip lining, onto what I assume is the original keyed wooden stretcher. This is ensuring a sound and stable structural support and has secured the overall pattern of fine lines of drying craquelure, which are inevitable for an unlined canvas of this period. The overall structural condition would appear to be very good.
The paint surface has a rather matt and uneven varnish layer and would benefit considerably from revarnishing, which would give the paint surface more depth and resonance.
Inspection under ultraviolet light shows only the most minimal sports of inpainting within the still life and equally minimal retouchings within the background.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition and the only work that might be required is revarnishing. It is very encouraging to note that the fine detail of the composition is very well preserved.
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Probably M. and Mme Léon Cotnareanu, 24 avenue Raphaël, Paris (their address partially legible on a label on the reverse);
Private collection, France;
Anonymous sale, Deauville, Hôtel des Ventes, 31 January 1999, lot 1;
With Richard Green, London;
From whom acquired by Mr and Mrs Barge-Dreesmann, Brasschaat, on 22 March 1999;
Thence by descent to the present owners.