The bales of merchandise bear merchants' marks. The vellum has been applied to composition board inscribed on the reverse in pencil boudoir de Mme / face fenetre / gauche bas, indicating that the miniature was in a French collection.
The standard of execution in this maritime scene is hardly more than that of an amateur.
[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Mrs. Edward Spencer (Catherine D.) Wentworth, Paris, later Santa Barbara, Calif. (by 1937–d. 1948)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 243.
THIS WORK MAY NOT BE LENT, BY TERMS OF ITS ACQUISITION BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 183, no. 243, ill., date it about 1650 and state that "the standard of execution . . . is hardly more than that of an amateur"; note that the inscription on the reverse indicates that this work was in a French collection.