BONIFACIO DE' PITATI CALLED BONIFAZIO VERONESE AND WORKSHOP | Holy Family with Saints James Major, Jerome and Catherine of Alexandria
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP
Property of a Family
BONIFACIO DE' PITATI CALLED BONIFAZIO VERONESE AND WORKSHOP
Verona 1487 - 1553 Venice
Holy Family with Saints James Major, Jerome and Catherine of Alexandria
oil on canvas
117.6 x 168 cm.; 46⅜ x 66⅛ in.
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
Bonifacio de Pitati
Holy Family with SS.James Major, Jerome and Catherine of Alexandria
The original canvas is lined and there are significant areas of the paint layer that are raised and unstable with recent flaked loss visible.
Previous paint loss has been restored out and some of this restoration has degraded.
The paint layer has been augmented to reduce the abraded paint layer and subsequent pin-prick losses are evident across the surface and are particularly visible in the flesh tones of the figures, where the definition of the features has been affected.
The more delicate and vulnerable scumbles and glazes in the shadows have been thinned.
The foliage and the green cloth behind the Madonna are in good condition and many of the colours retain their vibrancy.
The varnish has discoloured and its removal would improve the tonality.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. 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.
Otto Friedrich Ludwig Wesendonck (1815–1896), Dresden, Zürich and Berlin, by 1881, inv. no. 40;
His widow, (Agnes) Mathilde Wesendonck, née Luckemeyer (1828–1902);
By inheritance to their daughter Myrrha, Freiin von Bissing, who married General Moritz Freiherr von Bissing (1844–1917), Bonn;
On loan to the Provinzialmuseum, Bonn (inv. no. 15), from 1907, and acquired by them in 1925;
By whom sold ('Westdeutscher Museumsbeistz, Sammlung Wesendonk-von Bissing'), Cologne, Lempertz, 27 November 1935, lot 9, reproduced plate 8;
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 22 November 1973, lot 262;
Private collection, Bonn;
Thence by descent to the present owner.
On loan, Provinzialmuseum, Bonn, from 1907.
Gemälde-Sammlung von Otto Wesendonck in Dresden, Dresden 1881, pp. 8–9, no. 12 (with manuscript valuation at 4,000 Reichsmarks);
F. Harck, ‘Quadri di maestri italiani in possesso di privati a Berlino’, in Archivio Storico dell’Arte, II, 1889, p. 211;
W. Cohen, ‘Die Sammlung Wesendonck’, in Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst, N.F.XXI, 1909, p. 66, reproduced p. 67, fig. 10;
W. Cohen, Katalog der Gemäldegalerie, vorwiegend Sammlung Wesendonk, Bonn 1914, p. 13, cat. no. 15, reproduced pl. 92, fig. 15;
D. Westphal, Bonifazio Veronese, Munich 1931, pp. 86–87, cat. no. 13 (under incorrectly attributed works);
P. Cottrell and P. Humfrey, Bonifacio de’ Pitati, Treviso 2017 (forthcoming, as the work of Bonifacio and workshop).