The panel was made by the Antwerp panelmaker Melchior de Bout (active circa 1625/6-1658) who probably also worked in Paris around the middle of the seventeenth century; De Bout's 'ready-made' panels were not only used by Dutch and Flemish painters but also by Stosskopf, Charles Le Brun and other painters (see A. Koopstra, 'De Antwerpse 'witter ende paneelmaker' Melchior de Bout (werkzaam 1625/26-1658): leverancier van 'ready-made' panelen voor de Parijse markt', in: Oud Holland, no. 123, 2010, pp. 108-124).
We are grateful to Prof. em. Dr. Jørgen Wadum, Keeper of Conservation, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark for his help in cataloguing this lot.