1821 - 1911
GONDOLES DEVANT LE JARDIN FRANÇAIS
signed Ziem (lower right)
oil on canvas
26⅞ by 44½ in.
68.3 by 113 cm
The Association Félix Ziem, represented by Mathias Ary Jan, David Pluskwa and Gérard Fabre, has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is in lovely condition. The canvas is unlined. It is still on its original stretcher. The painting is clean and varnished. There is one retouching in the canopy of the central gondola, and a few tiny isolated spots of retouching in the upper center and upper left sky. The thinness in the paint layer within the trees is original. The work should be hung in its current state.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. 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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
William Schaus, New York
Mabel Gerry Drury and Francis Saxham Drury, New York (and sold, their estate, American Art Association, New York, December 3, 1936, lot 61, illustrated)
Drury W. Cooper, New York (acquired at the above sale)
William Randolph Hearst, New York and San Simeon, California (and sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 5-7, 1939, lot 15, illustrated)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
Thence by descent
Anne Burdin-Hellebranth, Félix Ziem, 1821-1911, n.p., 1998, vol. I, p. 194, no. 480, illustrated
This view of the Ponte dei Giardini in the Giardini della Biennale, built by Napoleon at the eastern edge of the Bacino di San Marco and now home to the Venice Biennale, was previously owned by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951). His collection was among the greatest of the Gilded Age, split between homes in New York and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, included paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, silver and decorative arts. In the wake of financial hardship due— in part— to the Great Depression, Gondoles devant le jardin français was sold at auction in January 1939, among masterpieces such as Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Elizabeth Warren (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas) and works by William Beechey, William Bouguereau, François Boucher, and many others.