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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Giovanni Boldini
ITALIAN
STILL LIFE OF A BASKET OF CHERRIES AND A SILVER SUGAR BOWL
Estimate
50,00070,000
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Giovanni Boldini
ITALIAN
STILL LIFE OF A BASKET OF CHERRIES AND A SILVER SUGAR BOWL
Estimate
50,00070,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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Giovanni Boldini
FERRARA 1842 - 1931 PARIS
ITALIAN
STILL LIFE OF A BASKET OF CHERRIES AND A SILVER SUGAR BOWL
Watercolor with touches of gouache over traces of black chalk;
signed and dated, lower right: Boldini/1905
305 x 454 mm; 12 by 17 7/8 in
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We would like to thank the Boldini- De Nittis- Zandomeneghi Archives for kindly confirming the authenticity of this lot, which is referenced under Archiving Certificate n. 418675 issued on December 18, 2017. 

We would like to thank Francesca Dini for kindly authenticating this lot which will be included in the appendix to the Boldini catalogue raisonné currently in preparation.

Catalogue Note

In addition to celebrated portraits of those who sat for him in his Paris studio, Boldini, in the mid-1880s, turned to the objects around him for inspiration.  In his watercolors, scattered paint brushes, plaster busts, vases of flowers and pieces of furniture from his studio appear again and again, important not for their function but their aesthetic possibilities. In the present work, arranged casually and artfully, the overturned sugar bowl (which also appears in his The Corner of the Painter’s Table, circa 1897, Museo Boldini, Ferrara) and porcelain basket filled with shiny cherries dominate the compositional space -- the repeated, curvilinear forms enhancing the tactility of the subject, and the single spilled fruit cropped at the center right edge providing a sense of movement.  Every element of the work demonstrates Boldini’s brilliant confidence with the medium; he captures the precise details of the still-life with broader strokes of watercolor and ingeniously leaves the white paper exposed to create the gleam of the sugar bowl’s silver surface and slatted design of the basket.     

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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New York