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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J.E. SAFRA

Johann Georg Platzer
ELEGANT COMPANY MAKING MERRY OUTSIDE A PALACE
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175

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J.E. SAFRA

Johann Georg Platzer
ELEGANT COMPANY MAKING MERRY OUTSIDE A PALACE
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Details & Cataloguing

Johann Georg Platzer
ST PAUL IN EPPAN NEAR MERAN 1704 - 1761 ST MICHAEL IN EPPAN
ELEGANT COMPANY MAKING MERRY OUTSIDE A PALACE

Provenance

Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 March 1909, lot 22;
Private collection, Vienna, by 1953;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 22 May 1963, lot 47, for £950;
Private collection, Vienna;
From where sold, Vienna, Dorotheum, 14 March 1978, lot 109;
Private collection, South Germany;
From where sold ('The Property of a South German Private Collector'), London, Sotheby's, 3 July 1991, lot 81, where acquired by the present owner.

Exhibited

Salzburg, Residenz, Österreichische Meisterwerke aus Privatbesitz und Stiftsgalerien, 21 June – 30 September 1969, no. 54.

Literature

F. Tessmann, 'Johann Georg Platzer, Die Eppaner Malerfamilie Platzer', in Der Schlern, vol. 27, Bolzano 1953, p. 296, reproduced fig. 3 (with pendant);
R. Feuchtmüller, Osterreichische Meisterwerke aus Privatbesitz und Stiftsgalerie, Salzburg 1969, cat. no. 54, reproduced in colour on the cover of the catalogue and (in detail) plate 25;
K. Plunger, Johann Georg Platzer, 1704–1761. Der Rokokomaler aus dem Überetsch. Eine Gedächtnisschrift zum 225, Eppan 1986, p. 46, cat. no. 6, reproduced in colour.

Catalogue Note

Born into a family of painters in the southern Tyrol, Platzer was a leading exponent of the Austrian rococo style. He probably arrived in Vienna around 1726, and here he enrolled in the Akademie der bildenden Künste. Together with his friend and contemporary Franz Christoph Janneck (1703–1761) he specialised in painting small-scale conversation pieces and allegorical works, remarkable for their precision of detail, colourful palette and lively brushwork. Platzer's almost miniaturist technique was perfectly suited to the medium of copper, which became his support of choice. 

This finely preserved copper is characteristic of Platzer's conversation pieces and genre scenes, which were evidently an important and popular part of his œuvre. In works such as this he drew his inspiration from Dutch and Flemish 17th- and 18th-century works, and the Leiden fijnschilders in particular, as well as from the French rococo tradition of the early 18th century. Such themes provided him with ample opportunity to show off his skill in painting detail and contrasting textures, typically shown here by the rendition of the turkish carpet and different fabrics, which must have impressed and fascinated his patrons.

Such works were often commissioned in pairs, and it is very interesting to note in this regard that the present work, when in private hands in Vienna in the 1950s, boasted a companion piece, described as 'A musical party', in which a portrait of the artist's family was said to have been incorporated. The present whereabouts of that work are not currently known.

This painting will be included in Dr Christina Pucher's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Johan Georg Platzer.

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