CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY
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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS | AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP

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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


CIRCLE OF PAOLO DE' MATTEIS

AN ALLEGORY OF PROSPERITY AND THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF NAPLES; AND TRIUMPH OF GALATEA WITH A VIEW OF MESSINA BEYOND, AND A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES VI (1685-1740), HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, HELD ALOFT BY VICTORY


a pair, both oil on canvas, in carved and gilt wood frames

the former: 54.5 x 106.7 cm.; 21½ x 42 in.

the latter: 52.2 x 104.5 cm.; 20½ x 41⅛ in.

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Condition Report

Both canvases are lined, and both paint surfaces are dirty with discoloured varnishes. Both in overall good condition.

The former: There are visible retouchings in the centre of the sky and in part of the putto's pink drapery to previous losses. Other small retouchings are visible to the naked eye scattered through the flesh tones of the figures. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and reveals some more recent retouchings around the silhouette of Neptune and the foremost nymph in the water.

The latter: Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some concentrated areas of retouching in the cliff along the right-hand margin, and some smaller areas around the figures in the foreground, the putti holding the drapery centre, as well as scattered in the clouds upper left.


"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."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Probably acquired by Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim, KP PC (Ire) (1768-1854) and Mary Clements, Countess of Leitrim (1785-1840).

Literature

Inventory, 27th June 1836, 'Over the doors to the halls two allegorical pictures, copies from the ceiling in the Farnesina palace at Rome, in gilt frames', in the Dining Room;

Inventory, 1905, 'Painting of Venus and Ceres, Coypel & Apotheosis of Louis XVI, Coypel'.

Catalogue Note

The former is a version of Paolo de' Matteis' painting in the Museo Nazionale di San Martino in Naples. The composition for the Triumph of Galatea would appear to be unique. Under the terms of the Treaty of Rastatt in 1714, Naples was given to Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor. He also gained control of Sicily in 1720, although this only lasted until 1734.


We are grateful to Prof. Nicola Spinosa for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present paintings. He dates the Triumph of Galatea to circa 1720-25.

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