This season’s Old Master Paintings sale comprises an exceptional selection of works from schools throughout Europe. Highlighting the June auction are several fine works from the early Italian school including an Adoration of the Shepherds from the School of Ercole de' Roberti and a beautiful gold ground of the Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels by The Pseudo Dalmasio degli Scannabecchi, an artist working in Bologna in the 14th century. Other highlights include a pair of early German paintings depicting Saint Odilia and Saint Ursula, ascribed to Hans Holbein the Elder, an exquisite Flemish Still Life with a Terrestrial Globe, a Book, Shells, a Snake and Butterflies by Carstian Luyckx, and a lovely landscape from 1783 by Jakob Phillip Hackert depictinga View of Giornico from the St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland.
Please note the correct artist's dates should read: Augsburg 1460/5 (?) - 1534 Place Unknown
We have also discovered further provenance for the paintings: They were given to Trinity Cathedral by the Very Reverend Frederick M. Adams. He was dean of the cathedral in the mid-20th century, as well as a wealthy collector who traveled extensively in Europe.
The last two lines of the provenance in the printed catalogue are incorrect. The correct provenance should read:
Henri-Michel Levy; His sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 25 May 1905, lot 24; There acquired by Eugene Feral, Paris; Alphonse Kann (1870 - 1948), Paris, by 1909; With Wildenstein by 1922.
This painting will be included in the online catalogue raisonne of the works of Richard Wilson being compiled by Dr. Paul Spencer-Longhurst, Senior Research Fellow, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London.
The Barn Interior depicting a hayloft (reproduced on left in the printed catalogue) was published by A. Cera, Disegni Acquarelli Tempere di Artisti Italiani dal 1770 Ca. al 1830 Ca., Bologna 2002, no. 7, reproduced.
This painting is to be included in Stephane Rouvet's upcoming catalogue raisonne on the artist.
We are grateful to Aidan Weston-Lewis for notifying us of further information concerning this work published in his forthcoming exhibition catalogue, Expanding Horizons, Giovanni Battista Lusieri and the Panoramic Landscape, June 2012. There he identifies another previously unpublished landscape of the same subject, but of much larger dimensions, now at Eastnor Castle. That picture was the canvas sent to Philip Yorke and not the present lot as suggested by Norhoff and de Seta in 2005 (see catalogue Literature). This is corroborated by the existence of a letter from Hackert dated 25th January 1782 where he informs Yorke that he had finished an "esquisse" (presumably the present lot of smaller size) and had blocked out the final version of the composition for his patron.
Provenance should now read: Russian Private Collection
Please note that this lot is being sold without reserve.
Please note the new bold type heading for this lot should read Manner of David Vinckboons.
This painting is oil on panel.
Corrected provenance should read: Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 18 October 2000, lot 171.