Property from a Private Collection, Portugal
ANTON IVANOVICH IVANOV | ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ROME
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 GBP
ANTON IVANOVICH IVANOV
ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ROME
signed and inscribed Roma in Latin and dated 1854 l.r.
oil on board
37 by 51.5cm, 14½ by 20¼in.
The artist's board is providing a stable structural support.
The paint surface has a relatively even varnish layer. The are some minor abrasions and degradation within the varnish layers above the lower edge. The paint surface displays scattered networks of very fine lines of craquelure, most notably within the foreground. These appear stable. Passages of the foreground feature irregular underlying small lumps which appear to be attributable to the preparatory layer. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows the sky, the buildings in the distance and some areas of the foreground to have been selectively cleaned in the past. Vestiges of a discoloured and opaque varnish layer covers large passages of the foreground. Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows small scattered retouchings, including numerous small retouchings within the sky, most notably on the extreme edges and including a retouching above the umbrella pine in the upper right; a few small retouchings within the landscape, most notably at the edges and including fine lines of retouching covering craquelure within the wall in the upper right. Many of the retouchings within the sky appear to have discoloured and are also visible in natural light. Due to the opaque varnish layers covering the landscape it is difficult to fully ascertain the extent of any previous restoration work.
The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition and would benefit from cleaning, restoration and revarnishing.
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Gaston Calmann-Lévy (1864-1948), Paris
Thence by descent to the present owners
Gaston was grandson of the founder of the Callman-Lévy publishing house, one of the oldest in France. The company had revolutionised publishing with the introduction of its '1 Franc' editions in 1858 bringing high quality literature to a wider public. Gaston took over the reigns in 1891 with his brothers Georges and Paul and was responsible for publishing authors such as Anatole France, Pierre Loti and Marcel Proust.