Cattle and Sheep in a Landscape (1852)
Oil on panel | Signed lower left "A. Verhoesen 1852", ink-stamped verso "32 SPK(?)" "G.A.S. 51" with torn label remnants
Item # 204GRK26A
A crisp and finely rendered landscape capturing a brown-and-white cow standing beside a resting black-and-white cow as the focal point, a pair of resting sheep to the left while flat plains with hints of a river flowing through them sprawl before the town at the horizon, the paddles of a large windmill piercing the skyline of faint clouds over brilliant blue skies. Executed on panel, it is dated to 1852 and shows notable attention to texture throughout. The hairs of each animal are beautifully articulated, particularly on the standing cow where outstanding attention to detail is exhibited. The work is housed in a pierced giltwood frame with a velour liner, not original but a very nice compliment to the scene.
[note, this work has not been placed on the cleaning schedule for our conservator and is priced without cleaning; it presents beautifully and we always prefer to hold off on cleaning a piece until absolutely necessary]
Measurements: 8 3/4" H x 11 3/4" W [panel]; 13" H x 16" W x 1 1/2" D [frame]
The present example has not gone through our conservator yet and is priced without surface cleaning; surface in overall good condition with some yellowing to the varnish throughout that would benefit from being cleaned at some point; some edge rubbing wear, more notable in upper left corner; light age appropriate craquelure; under uv surface presents mostly clean with a few rather old touch-ups (lower left corner 4 specks, left edge at "village", upper left corner, one speck lower right corner). Frame is not original with minor gilt wear and chipping.