A bearded, seated alchemist, wearing glasses and bright red shirt, bends over an open book on a desk stacked high with a mess of papers and glassware. The trail of books continues to the ground with broken and unbroken crockery, a large copper pan, firewood, and loose strands of straw. At the left middle ground two men work at a table, while behind them a man stands by a large furnace and pours the contents from one vessel into another. Further back, three workshop assistants stand near a small furnace, watching a pot as it heats.
(sale, Christie's, London, 8 July 1994, lot 142).
Alfred Bader, Milwaukee, by October 1994. 
Roy Eddleman, before 2001 (from Bader).
The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2001 (from Eddleman/Spectrum).Show notes
 A restoration record indicates that Bader paid for treatment of the painting in October 1994 and thus the painting must have been in his care by that date.
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