Lot 240: AUSTRIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY | Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790), Empress Maria Theresa (1717–1780), and two other paintings

Sotheby's

January 19, 2017
London, United Kingdom

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Description: (i, ii, iii) oil on canvas, and (iv) oil on board
Dimensions: 111 x 85cm
Medium: (i, ii, iii) oil on canvas, and (iv) oil on board
Condition Report: The canvases are unlined and the paint surfaces are dirty, with discoloured varnishes. There is a strongly-defined network of craquelure throughout both portraits, which are in fair condition. Her: There are several small paint losses, largely in the background around the sitter's head. The area to the right of the sitter is stable, but looks prone to flaking. There is a dent in the canvas along the stretcher mark, upper centre. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish and much surface dirt, but little other restoration, save for two areas of retouching, upper right. Him: There are several small paint losses, largely in the background above the sitter's head, and also in his shoulder and on his sleeve. Ultraviolet light reveals restoration to the flaking above the sitter's head and retouching to other small areas of paint loss along the lower right margin, the lower right corner, and to the left of the sitter's head. Nude: the canvas has a very old relining. There is some scattered draying craquelure throughout and some small spots of paint loss in the upper and left edges. Under u-v light some areas fluorescence quite strongly, however this seems to be due to old discoloured varnish rather than restoration. Presented in a decorative gilt frame with some losses. portrait of a man (oil on board): there is some light surface craquelure throughout and some small scattered spots of rubbing . Under u-v light some areas fluorescence quite strongly, however this seems to be due to old discoloured varnish rather than restoration. Presented in a decorative frame with some losses.
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January 19, 2017, 10:00 AM GMT

London, United Kingdom

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