Purchased by the father of the present owner in the 1960s in Milan; thence by descent
Elio Monducci, Gaetano Chierici 1838 - 1920, mostra antologica, p. 205, no. 138, catalogued & illustrated
By the 1880s, Gaetano Chierici was a highly sought after painter, having exhibited in Italy and abroad and with wealthy patrons around the world. Such was his realist style in his attention to detail, that critics compared him to the seventeenth-century Flemish masters.
The canvas has not been lined. There is some very light rubbing along the framing edges and two small pinholes are visible closer to the right corner, mostly covered by the frame. There is a small abrasion with relative paint loss towards the lower right corner, just above the signature. Ultra-violet light reveals no sign of retouching. The work is overall in very good condition and ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame with some losses to the corners. "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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."