Lot 311
  • 311

North Italian School, late 16th century

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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Description

  • North Italian School, late 16th century
  • Portrait of a poet, head and shoulders, possibly Niccolo' da Verona
  • inscribed upper left: NICOLAVS / PEREGRINUS / VERONENS / POETA
  • oil on panel, in a carved and pierced gilt wood frame

Condition

The panel is uncradled and flat, showing no signs of distress. The paints surface is covered by a very dirty yellowed varnish which superficially dulls the paint. Delicate paint strokes in the sitter's face and beard are very well-preserved beneath the dirty varnish. With the naked eye one can see approximately 20 small scattered retouchings scattered throughout the face, beard an background. The largest of these is in the sitter's forehead, measuring circa 1 cm. in diameter. The inscription upper right hand corner has partially faded. There is a 0.5 cm hole in the wood panel in the left of the sitter's beard. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a milky varnish, old spot retouchings as mentioned above. There is a more recent vertical retouching in the right of the man's collar measuring 1.5 cm. This lot is offered in a very ornate gilt wood frame, with only a few small losses to the layer of gilding.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

The sitter cannot be identified with certainty but may be the mid-14th century poet Niccolò da Verona, an exponent of the Franco-Venetian style, whose works included Pharsale, Prise de Pampelune and Passion.