The present lot is accompanied by a certificate from Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, dated July 1928, stating the authenticity of the work.
The works from Jan Siberechts' Antwerp period, like this work, are generally concidered his best pictures. He developed his individual style depicting female figures dressed in simple clothing in cool green landscapes around 1660. Before that time his dated works were inspired by the Dutch Italianate landscape painters. Figures with cattle fording a stream or travelling on a flooded track, as seen here, are recurring themes during his later period in Flanders. One still encounters them after he moved to England in 1673, where he was mostly employed as a topographical painter decorating many country houses. The horse-drawn cart moving to the reft in the foreground can often be seen in compositions dating to the Flemish period, for instance see Sibrecht's work in the National Gallery, London (see Y. Thiery, Les Peintres Flamands de Paysage au XVIIe siècle, Brussels, 1987, p. 95).