Godfried Schalcken (Dordrecht 1643-1706 The Hague)
A lady at her toilet remains of signature (lower centre) oil on panel 57 x 45.5cm (22 7/16 x 17 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Sale, Lempertz, Cologne, 25 November 2000, lot 1215 Sale, Vuyst, Belgium, 5 October 2002, lot 519 Sale, Bonhams, London, 10 December 2002, lot 315 Sale, Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 3/4 December 2003, lot 1273 Sale, Dorotheum, Vienna, 29 September 2004, lot 241 Sale, Van Ham, Cologne, 17-19 November 2005, lot 1635
In a letter dated 4 July 2001, Fred Meijer of the RKD confirms the attribution of the present painting to Godfried Schalcken and dates this work to the mid-1660s, issuing from the artist's apprenticeship years in Gerard Dou's workshop or a little later. Thus the style and composition show the strong influence of the Leiden School and in particular Gerard Dou and Pieter van Slingelandt. The central figure displays analogies with Schalcken's Lady with a bird of 1667 (see: T. Beherman, Godfried Schalcken (Maeght, 1988), no. 143, p. 236, ill.).