27th March 2021 9:30 GMT/BST

The Curious Collector

Lot 54


French School (18th century) Portrait of a lady, half length, wearing a blue velvet dress trimmed

French School (18th century) Portrait of a lady, half length, wearing a blue velvet dress trimmed with lace, a gold embroidered red silk shawl and a jewel encrusted blue ribbon to her hair Oil on canvas, 74cm by 58cm See illustration Provenance: Christies Interiors, Masters and Makers, Lot 256, March 6th, 2012

Sold for £900
Estimated at £500 - £800


. old reline clean and re varnishing. two broadly triangular shaped patches of consisitent overpainting and retouching to both upper corners and along upper edge. further general strengthening to background right hand side. the central parting and definition within the hair on both sides displayes signs of retouching and overpaint with some more delicate strands of hair also strenghtneed. the lid and lower part of her left eye has been retouched in addittion to the majority of her chin and left hand side cheek. more delicate and sporadic infilling to minor parts of her chest area. left hand side lapel is mopstly overpaintined, in addition to left hand side shoulder and a good amount of the darker tones and drapery of her costume.lower right hand corner broadly overpainted. craquelure throughout which is more pronounced in places especially across chest area. stretcher shadow. surface abraded. surface dirt and discoloured varnish. damage to frame lower edge just right of centre approx 1cm in length. minor knocks and abrasions to frame. some evidence of old losses can be seen with the naked eye.

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