With the family of the sitter until circa 1918; From whom acquired by the family of the present collector.
Giacomo Vighi was an Italian painter who mainly made portraits in the court of the House of Savoy. The present work is similar to a portrait Vighi made of Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy formerly in Galleria Sabauda, Turin (inv. no. 18). Although both paintings portray the same sitter, standing and in full length, this composition shows the Duke wearing the robe of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation. The robe, depicted with great detail, bears the initials FERT, the motto of the House of Savoy (see cover photo for details). FERT has been said to stand for foedere et religione tenerum, or, ”through unity and religion are we sustained.” However, many other interpretations have been proposed.
The canvas is lined. The painting shows a handsome figure with well preserved details especially in his beautifully designed robe, though some of the darker colors may have faded. Minor scuff marks and losses are at the edges probably due to framing. There is a faint scratch on the shoe at the bottom of the canvas, meanwhile at left of shoe there appears to be some inconsistency on the varnish. Under UV there are some scattered spots of retouching here and there, like for example on the folds of the robe, on the greens in the curtain and robe, and the sitter's hand. Minor pin dots of retouching are on the white ruff and face of the sitter, meanwhile what appears to be an old fill could be on his forehead. Overall, the painting is in good condition for its size and can be hung in its present state. It is offered in a plain, brown wood frame with a few losses. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.