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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Angelica Kauffmann, R.A.
FLORA
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
142

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Angelica Kauffmann, R.A.
FLORA
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Angelica Kauffmann, R.A.
COIRA 1741 - 1807 ROME
FLORA

Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 9 July 1937, lot 139 (as A. Kauffman, Portrait of the Artist), to Waters;
Acquired by the present owner from a family member in the 1960s.

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel for confirming this painting to be by Angelica Kauffmann, on the basis of firsthand inspection, and for informing us that there is a pendant painting representing Ceres in a private collection, Spain.  Both paintings will be published in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Kauffmann.

Beginning in the early 1760s, Kauffmann began to expand beyond pure portraiture into historical and mythological subjects. Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and springtime. Called Chloris by the Greeks, she was the consort of Zephyrus, the west wind of springtime.  Flora is usually portrayed as a lovely young woman and, as Kauffmann has depicted her here, carries flowers in her lap and wears a garland in her hair.  Though neither Flora nor its pendant are dated, they were probably painted in the 1780s, by which time Kauffmann was living in Italy with her second husband, the artist Antonio Zucchi.  Another painting by Kauffmann depicting Flora, signed and dated 1790 and paired with a pendant of Hygieia, goddess of health, was painted for the Duca di Santa Croce, Palazzo St. Elia, Palermo.1

1.  See sale catalogue, London, Sotheby’s, 8 November 1995, lots 118 and 119, reproduced in color.

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