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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK ESTATE

Mattia Preti
AN INTERIOR WITH A SILVERSMITH AND THE TOOLS OF HIS TRADE
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK ESTATE

Mattia Preti
AN INTERIOR WITH A SILVERSMITH AND THE TOOLS OF HIS TRADE
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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Mattia Preti
TAVERNA 1613-1699 MALTA
AN INTERIOR WITH A SILVERSMITH AND THE TOOLS OF HIS TRADE

Provenance

Doris Westcott, New York;
From whom acquired by a private collector, 1974;
Thence by descent in the family. 

Literature

J. Spike, Mattia Preti: Catalogo Ragionato dei Dipinti, Taverna 1999, pp. 119, cat. no. 10, reproduced in black and white p. 119 and in color p. 34, plate II (as Mattia Preti);
M. Marini, in Gregorio Preti : da Taverna a Roma, 1603-1672: un pittore riscoperto e l'ambiente artistico nella Presila tra '500 e '700, Calabria 2003, p. 88, cat. no. 8, reproduced (as Gregorio Preti);
L. Giorgio and E. Spina, Gregorio Preti, calabrese, 1603-1672 : un problema aperto, exhibition catalogue, Milan 2004, p. 109, cat. no. 7, reproduced (as attributed to Gregorio Preti).

Catalogue Note

This fascinating and dramatically lit portrayal of a silversmith, dressed in simple yet richly colored clothing and standing with the tools of his trade in front of a forge, is a rare and early work by Mattia Preti, dated by Dr. John Spike to the 1630s. During this period, the young Preti lived in Rome, shared a studio with his elder brother, Gregorio, and actively studied the realism and chiaroscuro effects in the paintings of Caravaggio and his followers.  In his monograph on the artist, Spike draws stylistic comparisons to another youthful work by Preti, Herodias and Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, which is datable to circa 1635 and hangs today in the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.2  

1.  See Spike, under Literature, p. 119.  

2.  Oil on canvas, 149.2 by 199 cm., inv. no. SN990.  See ibid., p. 276, cat. no. 212, reproduced p. 277. 

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