This lovely little treasure, which was just featured in “Small Treasures”, is dulled by a layer of discolored varnish, which also appears to be unevenly applied. A light grime and dust layer is also getting in the way of appreciating this painting. Treatment would involve removing the varnish and old retouching as much as safely possible and filling or toning old paint losses and abrasions. Once all of this is fixed, the painting will be a much stronger presence in our Dutch gallery.
- Artist: Jan Steen, Netherlands, 1626 - 1679
- Medium: oil on wood