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PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

Ambrogio Antonio Alciati
ITALIAN
AN ELEGANT WOMAN WITH HER MALTESE 
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589

PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

Ambrogio Antonio Alciati
ITALIAN
AN ELEGANT WOMAN WITH HER MALTESE 
Estimation
25 00035 000
Lot. Vendu 25,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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19th Century European Art

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Ambrogio Antonio Alciati
1878-1929
ITALIAN
AN ELEGANT WOMAN WITH HER MALTESE 
signed A.A. Alciati and dated 915 (lower center)
oil on canvas
83 1/2 by 48 3/4 in.
212 by 124 cm
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Provenance

The Pick-Mangiagalli Collection, Monaco
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, October 23, 2007, lot 99, illustrated 
Acquired at the above sale

Description

According to family lore, the sitter for the present work was a relative of Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli (1882-1949), an Italian composer of great renown. Pick-Mangiagalli studied at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi as well as in Prague and Vienna; among his influential teachers was Richard Strauss.  Beginning his career as a concert pianist, Pick-Magiagalli then turned exclusively to composition. The composer's work for the piano is still performed today, as is his chamber music, including the Ballata Sinfonica and the Humoresque. Pick-Mangiagalli also gained fame from his scores for ballet and opera; his first opera, the Salice d'Oro, debuted at Milan's La Scala in 1913, followed by Il carillon magico in 1918.

While the exact identity of this elegantly dressed woman is unknown, any member of the Pick-Mangiagalli circle would be a fitting subject for society portraitist Ambrogio Antonio Alciati.  As with the society portraits of Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent, Alciati's expressive brushwork and rich palette were perfectly suited for those who wanted a 'modern' portrait to demonstrate their fashionable taste and refinement.   Here, Alciati perfectly captures the heavy folds of the sitter's costume with its sumptuous aubergine fabric, luxuriously soft velvet gloves and the sparkling pop of white paint detailing the jewel on her finger.  Equal attention is paid to the woman's pet, a fine breed, itself a symbol of status with his well-manicured, fluffy fur, pink belly, and detailed expression as carefully described as his owner's.

19th Century European Art

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