ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond
ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond
ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond
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Property from an Important Private Collection

ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property from an Important Private Collection

ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Lot Sold:30,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from an Important Private Collection

ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS

Moudon 1748 - 1810 Lausanne

The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond


a pair, both oil on canvas

each: 65.2 x 99.3 cm.; 25⅝ x 39⅛ in.

(2)

Condition Report

Both canvases are lined, the paint surfaces are both clean, and the varnishes are clear and even.

The former (Via Appia): in raking light it is possible to discern a distinct and rather wide network of craquelure, largely confined to the upper two-thirds of the painting. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine lines of retouching to disguise the appearance of the aforementioned craquelure, most notably in the sky and in the central areas of the foliage. Further areas of retouching are found through the buildings on the left and in the foreground, with more concentrated areas in the back of the wagon, through much of the bodies of the horses, and in the foreground along the lower margin.

The latter (a port): inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine lines of retouching notably in the centre of the sky and in the upper right corner to disguise the appearance of craquelure, and small, scattered retouchings through the cliff and the ruined building in the foreground.

The paintings are both in good condition and ready to hang in their current state without a need for further intervention. 


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Count Adriano Matarazzo di Licosa;

By whom sold, London, Christie's, 11 July 2001, lot 88, where acquired.

Catalogue Note

Ducros was a Swiss painter who, having trained in Geneva, travelled to Rome in 1776. He remained in Italy for the next 30 years, journeying to Naples and the south, as well as to Sicily and Malta. This pair of paintings, rare within the artist's œuvre, the majority of which is made up of hand-coloured outline prints and watercolours, was almost certainly painted early in Ducros' career in Italy in 1778. The pair of dancing sailors, and the lady in costume in the foreground of the port scene are based on drawings that Ducros made in Malta during that year,1 when his itinerary also took him along the Via Appia through Gaeta and Formia.


1 Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, inv. no. 00:492-494; see J.W. Niemeijer and J.T. de Booy, Voyage en Italie, en sicile et à Malte, Ghent 1994, vol. II, cat. nos 263 and 286.

ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond
Property from an Important Private Collection
ABRAHAM-LOUIS-RODOLPHE DUCROS | The Via Appia near Formia, with travellers and peasants by the walls of Castellone(?), the bay of Gaeta and Mount Circeo beyond; and A port with Maltese merchants and sailors, the fort of Gaeta beyond
Lot Closed