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PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Paolo Porpora
STILL LIFE OF A FOREST FLOOR; STILL LIFE WITH A EUROPEAN QUAIL
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Paolo Porpora
STILL LIFE OF A FOREST FLOOR; STILL LIFE WITH A EUROPEAN QUAIL
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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Paolo Porpora
NAPLES 1617 - 1673 ROME
STILL LIFE OF A FOREST FLOOR; STILL LIFE WITH A EUROPEAN QUAIL
Quantity: 2
a pair, both oil on canvas
the former: 24 x 35 cm.; 9 1/2  x 13 3/4  in.
the latter: 23 x 33.2 cm.; 8 5/8  x 13 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Hitherto unknown and unpublished, this pair of Neapolitan sottobosco still lifes embody the artist's fascination with earthy elements and creatures – portraying them with all the sheen, viciousness, moistness and full-bodied sensuousness of the damp and crawling undergrowth.

Porpora trained in the workshop of Giacomo Recco, and was certainly acquinted with Otto Marseus van Schrieck. He moved to Rome after his marriage in 1654 and spent much of the rest of his career there having turned his focus from forest floors to still lifes of flowers and fruits. As Luigi Salerno writes in his seminal Natura Morta in Italiana, even when in Rome, Porpora never lost his 'feeling for the materials rendered with an intensity of colour, a density, and a tactile feeling for form typical of Neapolitan sensibility.'1 Salerno published one particularly close comparable sottobosco from a private collection that features foliage, a coiled snake lunging at a butterfly, lizards and snails, that also demonstrates Porpora's technique of portraying the mossy floor using stippling with the end of his brush – clearly visible here.2

1 L. Salerno, Natura morta in Italiana, Rome 1984, p. 202.
2 Salerno 1984, p. 206, fig. 50.5.

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