SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GIOVANNI MARIA BUTTERI | PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BURGUNDY COAT AND WHITE RUFF, BUST-LENGTH
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD
SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GIOVANNI MARIA BUTTERI
Florence 1540 - circa 1606
PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BURGUNDY COAT AND WHITE RUFF, BUST-LENGTH
oil on copper
copper: 4⅞ by 4⅛ in.; 10.5 by 12.5 cm.
framed: 10 by 9¼ in.; 25.4 by 23.6 cm.
The copper support is flat and stable. A portrait image reads well with fine details in the costume preserved. Retouching is visible to the naked eye along the border of the oval, probably to address frame abrasion. Under UV inspection, the aforementioned retouching is visible, as well as scattered spots in the background on either side of the boy's head, in the dark areas of his costume, and on the tip of his nose. The painting can hang in its present state. Offered in a simply carved dark stained wood frame with a gold inner liner.
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Butteri was a close friend and collaborator of Alessandro Allori in late-16th century Florence. Francesca Baldassari dates this small portrait to circa 1580, after Butteri had decorated the studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio and established his own workshop.