Anonymous sale, Naples, Blindarte, 19 May 2011, lot 103 (as Ruoppolo).
These works are most comparable to a series of paintings attributed by Federico Zeri to Andrea de Lione (1596-1675). Dr. Alberto Crispo does not endorse this attribution, but identifies the group of paintings as by the same Neapolitan, but as yet anonymous, hand.
The canvases have both been relined, the paint surfaces are slightly dirty, and the varnish is even and only slightly discoloured.
The former: inspection under ultra-violet light reveals strengthening throughout the darks behind the vine leaves and grapes, and in the darker modelling of the melons. There are scattered retouchings in the upper left corner and scattered through the apples on either side, as well as in a small damage, centre left, measuring approximately 2 by 5 cm.
The latter: inspection under ultra-violet light reveals scattered retouching throughout the background, particularly on the lower left margin, on the left side of the basket on the right, and along the lower margin. There is also some strengthening in the basket on the left and to a couple of the shadows between the vine leaves.
The paintings are in overall good condition and much of the original impasto is well preserved. "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."