This jewel-like portrait can be dated to circa 1590 due to the girl's ruff and headdress. The red rose tucked behind her ear, symbolizing love, adds a touching detail. The fine gold adorning her hair indicates her wealth and social status. While the artist and sitter have not been identified, the portrait shows similarities with the work of Sofonisba Anguissola (1532 - 1625).
The copper support is flat and stable and has not been altered on the reverse. The paint surface is in good condition and presents a crisp portrait image with bold colors and gilding. Under UV inspection, small, scattered retouches are visible, such as in the area under the girl's nose to address sunken shadows, and an area near her ear. The latter retouching is slightly visible to the naked eye. The painting can hang as is. Offered in a dark wood octagonal frame. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.