The painting "Still Life" before it underwent restorative treatment. Credit: National Trust of Australia
CAIRO – 24 April 2022: A 400-year-old Dutch master painting that experts believe could be worth millions of dollars has been discovered in a storeroom in Australia.
The artwork called "Still Life" was kept for many years in the storage of the Woodford Academy Museum.
The valuable 17th-century Dutch Golden Age painting has been revealed among a collection of 60,000 pieces after the building and its contents were donated to the Australian National Trust, CNN reported.
"It is a rare and hugely exciting moment," said Julian Bickersteth, project coordinator and CEO of International Conservation Services, the company undertaking the restoration work, in a press release Sunday.
The painting depicts a table setting with a white tablecloth covered with food consisting of a mince pie, nuts, a bread roll, a silver cup, and glassware.
The work is being attributed to Gerrit Willemsz, who is viewed as one of the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age. However, experts are still investigating the origins of the "Still Life."
Experts say the painting was previously purchased for $30, but it is now estimated at $10 million. A spokeswoman for the fund said the value of the artwork is still being assessed, but experts believe it could be worth millions of Australian dollars.
It is worth noting that a still life is one of the principal genres of Western art. The subject matter of a still life painting or sculpture is anything that does not move or is dead. It could be man-made or natural.