Property from a European Private Collection
Paris 1733 - 1808
Capriccio of a monumental staircase and fountain in the grounds of a villa
oil on canvas, unlined, in its original 18th century carved and gilt wood frame
25 x 35 cm.; 10 x 13¾ in.
The canvas is unlined, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some retouching: along the upper margin, a spot in the central building, scattered in the sky above both buildings (centre) and the trees far right, and a few further scattered small spots, but the painting appears in overall very good condition. Offered in its original 18th century carved and gilt wood frame.
"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."
Sale ('Collection de la Princesse de X...'), Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 2 & 3 December 1952, lot 88 (as signed lower right, on the base of the obelisk);
The March collection, Madrid;
With Derek Johns, London, from whom purchased by the present owner in 2010.