GUILLERMO DUCKER | PORTRAIT OF QUEEN MARIA-LOUISA OF SPAIN, NÉE BOURBON-PARMA
Fl. 1799 - 1813
PORTRAIT OF QUEEN MARIA-LOUISA OF SPAIN, NÉE BOURBON-PARMA
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal mount and frame;
signed and dated lower left: G Ducker / ..nxit, 1800.
78 mm. Diam.
The is a 5 cm shallow diagonal crack running from 7 to 10 o'clock. In the background, but cutting through the signature there're is a slight irregularity of the border at 11 o'clock and again at 12. These issues in no way detract from the superb quality of this miniature.
"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."
Juan Lafora, Madrid, 1916
Schidlof, 1964, vol. I, pp. 226-227
Madrid, 1916, no. 649
Little is known of the Dutch born artist, Guillermo Ducker. However, the first surviving reference to him is in a letter from Francisco de Goya to Secretary of State, Mariano Luis de Urquijo in December 1799. Goya asked that Ducker be released from prison so that he could paint portraits of King Charles VI and his family. The present miniature of the King's consult is a result of this request.