The present riverlandscape with a burning castle shows acording to Dr. Anke Schauseil-Fröhlich, the detailed brushwork and the rich color, which is typical for paintings by Vollerdt. Several details, among others the fishermen, the buildings and the low-land in the background are used by Vollardt in a similar way in several further paintings. All above this is a characteristic painting by Vollerdt.
The painting is in good condition, consistent with age. The inspection under UV light reveals a few minor retouchings in the aerea of the trees upper left and in the sky. The strong varnish shows partially some dull streaks. The canvas shows a few slight pressure marks due to framing.
Johann Christian Vollerdt (before 1708-1769)
Johann Christian Vollerdt was born in Leipzig and was probably mainly active in Dresden, after his artistic training under Johann Alexander Thiele (1685-1752). His works were usually composed as counterparts and mostly appear in rather small formats. Dutch masters served the artist as the most important stylistic and thematic source of inspiration; works by Jan Griffier (c. 1652-1718), for instance, may have been accessible to the artist at the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden. Vollerdt especially painted mountain and river landscapes under different time and seasonal conditions. Besides, he often added ruins or appropriate figures to his compositions. Works by the artist can be found, for instance, at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich.