Continental School, 18th or late 17th century, oil on canvas portrait of a young man, likely a servant, with thick blonde hair in red work shirt, holding a bucket. Unsigned. Housed in a giltwood Louis XV Rococo frame with swept edges and shell and foliate carved corners. Verso of frame has 19th century paper label for J.A. Butti, Carver, Gilder, Picture Frame and Looking Glass, Edinburgh. Canvas – 30" H x 25" W, framed – 42" H x 37" W. CONDITION: Lined, with overall cracquelure. Inverted V shaped scratch at left side near subject's arm, with three flakes approximately 1/4" at each point, other scattered small flakes particularly at outermost edges of painting. Frame with multiple losses up to 4"wide, particularly at top edge and top left corner. Blacklight flouresces areas of the painting to indicate there may have a liquid spill on the canvas, impacting the varnish layer. There may be some inpainting on the forehead as well.
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