Attributed to Quinten Massys
A jester: a grotesque head of a fool brandishing a wooden spoon | 《小丑：揮舞木匙的趣怪愚人頭像》
40,000 to - 60,000 GBP
Attributed to Quinten Massys
Leuven 1466 - 1530 Kiel near Antwerp
A jester: a grotesque head of a fool brandishing a wooden spoon
bears inventory number lower left: 213
oil on paper, laid on panel, with two collectors' red wax seals on the reverse
25.3 x 19.4 cm.; 10 x 7⅝ in.
25.3 x 19.4 公分；10 x 7⅝ 英寸
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
Attributed to Quentin Massys
The World feeds many fools
Oil on paper laid on to panel, in a modern dark wood frame in good condition.
The oak support is in good condition and the adhesion between the paper and the support is well maintained.
A small 4cm repaired tear can be detected to the right of the three collection numbers, lower left.
The paint layer is stable and secure and in a good preserved condition.
Slight strengthening of minor loss can be seen under u-v around the edges; some losses appear regular and could denote original pin marks.
An older discoloured varnish fluoresces under u-v, but has been removed from the flesh tones. Very minor pin prick paint loss has been replaced to the cheek and augmentation along the two fingers has been carried out, perhaps to reduce the presence of the pale ground colour beneath.
Fine original details such as eyelashes and eyebrows are preserved and many of the more vulnerable ‘top note’ glazes are intact leading to strong modelling of the facial features.
Energetic original brushwork through the hair is preserved.
Subtle impasted highlights are unaffected.
Removal of the remainder of the discoloured varnish would improve chromatic and tonal values.
The painting presents well.
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Private collection, France, since the 19th century;
Whence sold ('An aristocratic private collection, France'), New York, Christie's, 31 October 2017, lot 1 (as Flemish School, 16th century), where acquired.