This detailed image of the head of a cow follows the tradition of animal painting popularized by Paulus Potter (1625 - 1654). The artist included individual hairs on the cow's face, and her nostrils and mouth appear realistically wet. The view of the Hague in the distance also showcases the artist's skill in observation.
This canvas is wax-lined. Irregularities in the paint surface scattered throughout the sky background could be due to thinning of the surface as a result of the wax lining. There is an area of loss or abrasion in the upper left above the cow's shoulder but there is no risk of flaking. The detailed image of the cow reads well despite old varnish. Under UV inspection, old retouching is visible in the sky above the cow's shoulder, in the fence, and in small lines on the left side of the cow's face. The painting would probably improve with cleaning or a new varnish. Offered unframed. 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.