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Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael

Adoration of the Shepherds

Estimate:

1,000,000

to
- 1,500,000 USD

Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael

Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael

Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

Estimate:

1,000,000

to
- 1,500,000 USD

Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael

Utrecht 1566 - 1638

Adoration of the Shepherds


signed on the wheel: J. Wtewael fecit; dated on the spoke: 1615 

oil on canvas

34 by 41 ⅞ in.; 86.4 by 106.4 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 good condition. The canvas is lined with a non-wax adhesive. The paint layer remains well textured.


There seems to be a restored structural damage running from the uplifted arm of the shepherd holding the sheep on the left side into the two figures in the upper left. In the barn ruins in the upper center, there is a restoration measuring about 3 inches by 1 inch, which addresses another break in the canvas. There are restorations in the right hand of the stooped female figure in the lower right, including in some of her fingers. Some of these restorations continue into the old man in the center of the right side. There is a loss that has been restored in the baby's right leg. There is a thin vertical line of retouching about 2 ½ inches long in the basket in the upper right, which may address a thin break in the canvas. The child held by the shepherd on the far left shows retouching in his right arm and right foot. None of the faces show any retouching, and other large areas of the work also show no retouches at all.


The work is well restored should be hung in its current state.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Anonymous sale, Paris, Piasa, 29 March 1999, lot 45;
There acquired by Matteo Grassi Fine Arts;
From whom acquired, 1999.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on loan, September - December 2006.