18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1029


Jan Geerard Smits (1823-1910) Dutch
Signed, oil on panel, 31cm by 38.5cm (2)

Sold for £1,400
Estimated at £1,500 - £2,500


Winter - Cleaned and revarnished. Panel apparently stable and sound. Scattered small sized retouches through sky, presumably to replace old flaked paint. Slightly larger more concentrated patch of retouching right hand side edge which is roughly 3cm in diameter and would appear to be as a result of a fairly fine horizontal crack (probably in line with the grain of the wood). No evidence of more significant repair to reverse of panel. Further fine horizontal crack lower on right hand side in line with the tops of the snow covered trees.

Summer - Cleaned and revarnished. Panel seemingly in a stable state of preservation. Some very fine essentially horizontal craquelure following the grain of the wood. The grey tones of the clouds in the upper part of the sky would appear to have had some general strengthening. A cluster of patches of retouching above and left of the windmill on the left hand side, the largest being approx. 1.5cm by 2cm (although not entirely consistent). Other more minor and very scattered retouches to sky and retouching to upper left hand corner, edges, and a further slightly more notable patch of retouching presumably to repair a horizontal fairly superficial crack to panel slightly above centre, right hand side edge and is approx 2-3mm in width and 1-1.5cm in length.

Both paintings now with fairly light surface dirt and discoloured varnish.


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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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