Oil on copper
Wtewael Utenwael Uytewael Wttewael, Joachim Anthonisz.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This work on copper is mounted onto an old oak panel. The copper plate is flat, and the corners are well preserved. There does not seem to have been any instability to the paint layer. Under ultraviolet light, the only retouches visible are a few tiny spots on the extreme edges. No other retouches are visible under ultraviolet light or to the naked eye, and it is doubtful that there are any further retouches of any note. The work is certainly in remarkably good condition. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."
6 x 8 in.
Nottingham, Nottingham Castle Museum, 1881; Nottingham, Nottingham Castle Museum, before 1929; London, Royal Academy, Dutch pictures, 1450-1750: Winter Exhibition, 22 November 1952 - 1 March 1953, no. 8 (as A Banquet of the Gods); Utrecht, Centraal Museum; Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art; Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael, 21 February 2015 - 31 January 2016, no. 18 (as The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche).
M. Jervis-White-Jervis, Painting and Celebrated Painters, ancient and Modern, vol. II, London 1854, p. 422; Possibly, H. Hymans, ed., Livre des peintres, de Carel van Mander; vie des peintres flamands, hollandais et allemands, vol. 2, Paris 1885, p. 317; G.F. Waagen. Treasures of Art in Great Britain being an account of the chief collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated mss., &c. &c., London 1894, vol. 3, p. 224 (as A Feast of the Gods: an inscribed and very rich picture by this mannered painter, who is famed for the most delicate and miniature like execution); C.M.A.A. Lindeman, Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael, Utrecht 1929, pp. 75, 105-106, 254, cat. no. XLII, reproduced pl. XXX (as The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis); C.M.A.A. Lindeman, "Wtewael," in U. Thieme and F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, vol. XXXVI, Munich 1947, p. 286 (as The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis); J. Foucart, in Le XVIe Siècle Européen. Peintures et Dessins dan les Collections Publiques Françaises, Paris 1965, pp. 265-66, under cat. no. 326; Apollo, vol. XC, October 1969, reproduced p. lxxx; A.W. Lowenthal, Joachim Wtewael and Dutch Mannerism, Doornspijk 1986, p. 22 and p. 107, cat. no. A-30, reproduced plate 43 (as The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche); W. Kloek, in Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580-1620, Amsterdam 1993, pp. 558-559, cat. no. 230, reproduced p. 558 and in color p. 225; A. Wheelock, in Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael, exhibition catalogue, Princeton 2015, pp. 107-109, cat. no. 18, reproduced (as The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche).
Possibly Jan Nicquet, or his son, Amsterdam, by 1604; Joseph Strutt, Esq., Derby, by 1827; Thence by descent to his daughter, Isabel (d. 1877), and her husband, John Howard Galton (1794-1862), Hadzor, near Dorwich, by 1850; Thence by descent to their son, Thedore Galton (1820-1881); Thence by descent to his son, Hubert George Howard Galton (1854-1928); His sale, London, Christie's, 22 June 1889, lot 75 (as "O Van Wal"); Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 12 June 1914, lot 88 (as on panel); There acquired by Francis Howard, Dorking, Surrey; His sale, London, Christie's, 25 November 1955, lot 46 (as on panel); There acquired by Edward Speelman, London, 1955; With Arcade Gallery, London, 1955; Korda collection, London; From whom acquired by Edward Speelman, Ltd. and Thomas Gibson; From whom acquired by Daniel Katz, London; From whom acquired by the present collector, 1994.
Signed lower left: J(?) V WÆL FECIT
Property of a Distinguished Private Collector (Lots 29, 30, 31, 53, 61, 62, 63)
Utrecht 1566 - 1638