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PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

Giuseppe Gabani
ITALIAN
THE DERBY REALE 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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607

PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

Giuseppe Gabani
ITALIAN
THE DERBY REALE 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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Giuseppe Gabani
1846-1899
ITALIAN
THE DERBY REALE 
signed Gabani and inscribed Roma (lower right)
oil on canvas
33 by 59 1/4 in.
83.8 by 150.5 cm
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Provenance

Santa Anita Park, Collection of the Los Angeles Turf Club (by 1955 and sold, Christie's, New York, April 8, 2008, lot 28, illustrated)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, November 3, 2015, lot 102, illustrated 
Acquired at the above sale 

Exhibited

The Pasadena Art Museum, English Sporting Art, November 11-December 11, 1955, no. 9

Catalogue Note

Born in Senigallia, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Giovanni Gabani studied with Cesare Maccari and Giuseppe Raggio and specialized mainly in history paintings, as well as landscapes and animals. Horses are often prominently featured in his works, both in his Orientalist subjects and in his depictions of a day at the races.

Within Gabani's oeuvre, The Derby Reale is a tour de force, demonstrating an ability to construct a complex composition without sacrificing attention to detail, including the rendered musculature of the horses, expressions and gestures of the crowd, and their elegant fashions. The scene takes place at the Capannelle racetrack, just outside of Rome, where the Derby Reale was founded in 1884 and continues to this day, now known as the Derby Italiano. The racetrack was a frequent subject for Gabani since he moved to Rome in 1880, the bustling activity and drama of the race allowed him to flex his artistic skill, as evidenced in the present work.

19th Century European Art

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New York