PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GIACOMO FRANCESCO CIPPER, CALLED TODESCHINI | A PEASANT AND A SPINNER WITH DEAD GAME
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GIACOMO FRANCESCO CIPPER, CALLED TODESCHINI
Feldrich 1664 - 1736 Milan
A PEASANT AND A SPINNER WITH DEAD GAME
oil on canvas, unframed
canvas: 35½ by 47⅝ in.; 90.2 by 121 cm.
The canvas is wax lined which has caused the image to appear pressed. The surface of the paint is dirty. Some craquelure is visible here and there, like in the white tones, as well as spots of rubbing, like in the sleeve of the proper right arm of the figure at left and in the table at bottom right. Some spots of loss are scattered along the edges. A few scratches that are not too distracting are here and there like a scratch in the proper right shoulder of the sitter at left. Inspection under UV reveals a possible spot of repair at top right, above the girl's head and a spot of inpainting that runs vertically along the right edge. Further spots of retouches are scattered throughout though further reading is impeded due to a thick varnish. Offered unframed.
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Private collection, Peru;
Thence by descent.
Although of Austrian origin, Todeschini spent most of his career in Italy where he specialized in genre scenes, many of which included dramatically lit still lifes like the present example. The wide smile of the figures in this scene as well as the slight gap between their squared teeth are characteristic details commonly used by Todeschini. The peasant boy holding a dead animal and the rabbit hanging from his leg appear in another work by Todeschini from 1700-10 in a private collection, Milan . We are grateful to Dr. Maria Silvia Proni for endorsing the attribution to Giacomo Francesco Cipper on the basis of photographs.
1. Oil on canvas, 134 by 176 cm. See R. Bossaglia and V. Terraroli, Settecento lombardo, exhibition catalogue, Milan 1991, pp. 101-2, no. I.50, reproduced p. 99.