11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST
Follower of Melchior de Hondecoeter (1636-1695) Dutch
Crowing cockerel in a rocky landscape with other birds
Oil on canvas, 70.5cm by 51.5cm
Sold for £1,100
Estimated at £500 - £800
Covered in a thick layer of dirt and discoloured varnish. Executed on a heavy-weave canvas which remains apparent. Pronounced cracking and craquelure in areas which is lifting and bordering on precarious. Some of this has been historically retouched which is fairly mildly visible by eye. Further fairly sporadic retouching and strengthening to the beak of the flying bird, far right hand side of the head, neck, upper body and parts of the wing in the main. Further retouching through the craquelure immediately below the bird and within the background and rocky area. Further general retouching and strengthening to the right hand side outline of the standing cockerel's neck, outline of the beak, right hand side of the head, and within the background immediately between the standing cockerel and the bird to the right of this. Further fairly sporadic retouches to the tail and upper plumage of the right hand side bird. Minor retouches to the body, with a further patch of slightly more concentrated retouching and strengthening to the lower neck and immediate background of the right hand side bird. Retouch to lower right hand corner which is roughly 2-3cm by 2cm overall. Some general strengthening to the darker tones and shadows of the standing cockerel's left hand leg and wing. Patch of retouching to background just left of the outstretched wing of the left hand side bird, which is approximately 2cm by 2cm overall. Further general strengthening on parts of the background and outline to the breast of the prominent bird (see images). Some minor rubbing/abrasions, especially lower edge left hand side due to rubbing in the frame.
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Auction: British, European & Sporting Art, 11th Nov, 2023
On the Kentish Downs by Algernon Cecil Newton is one of the highlights of the British, European and Sporting Art Sale on 11th November. On offer with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus buyer’s premium), the picture is a fine example of Newton’s quiet yet poetic landscapes.
Further highlights include Eugene Galien-Laloue’s Paris, Winter Fruit Stalls of 1910, and “The Engagement Ring” by Arthur Claude Cooke, which was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1901. Also of note in the sale is Lady Electra Being Led by a Groom by Lionel Edwards.
The sale will also include a Private Collection of works by Myles Birkett Foster and George Weatherill, and the last remaining paintings from the T.B. & R. Jordan Collection of Staithes Artists.
Sunday 5 November - Friday 10 November 11am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am.
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