FRANCESCO MANTOVANO | Still life of flowers in an urn, including tulips, roses and poppies, all on a stone ledge
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Recorded in Venice from 1636 - 1663
Still life of flowers in an urn, including tulips, roses and poppies, all on a stone ledge
oil on canvas
100.4 by 75.2cm.; 39½by 29 5/8in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. Retouchings are visible to the naked eye along all four margins as well as to some small areas in the background, to a damage in the upper left corner 1 x 1 cm., to a short, horizontal line of retouching just to the left of the upper-most yellow flowers measuring approx. 7 cm., and around the silhouettes of many of the blooms. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the old and uneven varnish and confirms the aforementioned retouchings. It also reveals scattered pin-prick retouchings, notably in the upper right quadrant. There are also few and small retouchings scattered in the still life itself, most notably to the yellow flowers upper centre where there is also some slight lifting of the paint, to the white flowers in the centre, in the pink flower centre left, and the two roses lower left.
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Inventory, 1949, in the Drawing Room
We are grateful to Dr. Alberto Crispo for endorsing the attribution to Francesco Mantovano on the basis of a digital image.