160

Details & Cataloguing

Old Masters Day Sale

|
London

Tommaso Salini, called Mao
ROME CIRCA 1575 - 1625
A FABLE FROM AESOP: THE CAT, THE MONKEY AND THE CHESTNUTS

Provenance

J. De Jong, Hilversum, before 1952 (according to a label on the reverse);
Private collection, New York;
Dino Franzin, Milan;
With Marco Grassi, New York;
From whom purchased by the present owner.

Exhibited

Sao Paolo, Museum de Arte de Sao Paolo, Caravaggio e Seus Seguidores, 28 August – 30 September 2012, no. 13.

Literature

R. Vodret (ed.), Caravaggio e Seus Seguidores, exh. cat., 2012, pp. 166–69, cat. no. 13, reproduced in colour.

Catalogue Note

Salini was active in Rome in the wake of Caravaggio and specialised in domestic interiors with figures and animals. In the present work the cat has been duped by the monkey to work for his ends and steal the chestnuts from the fire. The tumult, illustrated by the flapping goose, arises when the man and the woman take notice of the theft. The moral of the story is that a thief cannot trust another thief.

Old Masters Day Sale

|
London