Attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller

Lot Details

Lot 33
Attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller
Portrait of a Young Lady in Antique Dress in a Landscape, with a Dove and an Olive Branch
Oil on canvas
49 3/4 x 40 1/8 inches (126.5 x 102 cm)
The dove and olive branch, time-honored symbols of peace, also suggested to classically educated 17th- and 18th-century viewers the Greek goddesses Athena and Aphrodite, respectively patronesses of the useful arts and of love. For this reason, the dove and olive were associated with brides in that period, which suggests the occasion for this portrait.


Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Sold for $4,375 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined, with flattening of surface. Dense varnish revealing little under UV light. Some frame rubbing, with touches of restoration around the edges. Repaired hole (area of restoration 4 x 1 1/2 inches) in the background of the upper left quadrant (with corresponding patch on the reverse). Some paint flaking and touches of repair along the lower left margin. Some contours reinforced.


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Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Sold for $4,375 (includes buyer's premium)

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