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From Antwerp to Surrey (Culvertons secure 17th century Flemish old master painting)

29/01/2012 12:33 PM

Culvertons were approached by a member of the antiques trade to give an opinion on the residual contents of a property in the latter part of 2011. With the word ‘residual ringing in our valuers ears he made his way to deepest Surrey with a low expectation of the day ahead.Sure enough on arrival his first impressions were that a large percentage of the contents had already been disposed of and what remained was of a general nature.

Nearing the end of the visit he was ushered into a poorly lit room and there in the gloom hung a large  oil on canvas by the Flemish artist Gasper Pieter Verbruggen II 1664 -1730 housed in a 18th century giltwood frame. On enquiring about the picture’s history and future our valuer was told that documents held by the family suggests it had been part of the property’s inventory since 1926, and as soon as they had heard back malaysian body wave from Sothebys and Christies old master specialists as to its value the painting was destined for one of the London salerooms, but the family were open to other ideas and alternatives.

Signed and dated 1695 this beautiful floral study was painted in the artists most sought after early period.The concencus amongst Culvertons directors after reading a  full report from our conservator was that even though the canvas had been neglected for a long period of indian remy hair time once conserved it would be a wonderful additiion to Culvertons portfolio. Discussions with the family commenced and taking into consideration the subsequent arrival of valuations from London a figure was agreed upon straight peruvian hair and the purchase went ahead.

Specialist work to the canvas and the frame is nearly finished and a future news page will keep you updated on how the painting now looks and what was discovered during its conservation.