Lot 348
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Faustino Bocchi Brescia 1659-1741

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  • Faustino Bocchi
  • Grotesque figures playing over-sized musical instruments in landscapes
  • a pair, both oil on copper, in carved and gilt wood frames


George Henry Pinckney (1811-1883) of Tawstock Court, North Devon;
Thence by descent to his wife, Mrs. Pinckney of Feniton Court, South Devon;
Thence by descent to their daughter Georgiana Sophia Maria Pinckney, Marchioness of Ailesbury (1848-1902), wife of Lord Henry Augustus Brudenell-Bruce, 5th Marquess of Ailesbury (1842-1911), Tottenham Park, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire;
Professor Sir Albert Richardson (KCVO, PPRA, FSA);
Thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

Although the subjects are unique in Bocchi's Ĺ“uvre, the motif of grotesque figures playing an over-sized violin recurs in other paintings by the artist: see, for example, the painting signed and inscribed "Bocchi Pittor' e Musico" in a private collection, Brescia (M. Olivari, Faustino Bocchi e l'arte di figurar pigmei 1659-1741, Milan 1990, p. 52, cat. no. A 19, reproduced in colour).