FÉLIX ZIEM | BOATS ON THE BACINO SAN MARCO, WITH THE PUNTA DELLA DOGANA, SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE, PALAZZO DUCALE AND THE CAMPANILE IN THE DISTANCE, VENICE
1821 - 1911
BOATS ON THE BACINO SAN MARCO, WITH THE PUNTA DELLA DOGANA, SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE, PALAZZO DUCALE AND THE CAMPANILE IN THE DISTANCE, VENICE
signed Ziem (lower left)
oil on canvas
canvas: 31⅜ by 50 in.; 79.6 by 127 cm
framed: 38⅜by 55½ in.; 97.4 by 140.9 cm
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Association Félix Ziem, represented by Mathias Ary Jan, David Pluskwa and Gérard Favre. A certificate can be delivered on request.
Oil on canvas, unlined. The surface is in generally good condition aside from a visible stretcher bar mark at center an, almost imperceptible, at left. There is a very small spot of loss in the sky above the left-most boat. Under UV light, there are two 1.5-inch repaired losses in the middle left sky, which are visible to the naked eye.
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Boussod, Valadon et Cie, Paris
Scott & Fowles, New York
Mrs. Walker Buckner, New York (acquired from the above by 1940 and sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, October 10, 1940, lot 64)
Major Edward Bowes, New York (and sold: Parke Bernet, New York, November 13, 1943, lot 156, illustrated)
Mrs Elizabeth Boynton, Mequon, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati, Ohio
Private Collection (by descent from the grandparents of the present owner by 1986)
Pierre Miquel, Félix Ziem 1821-1911, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1978, vol. 1, p. 206, no. 1480 & 1480bis (with an addendum that the two are the same works)
Boats on the Bacino San Marco, with the Punta della Dogana, Santa Maria della Salute, Palazzo Ducale and the Campanile in the distance, Venice was owned by Edward "Major" Bowes (1874-1946), host of "Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour," one of the most popular radios shows of the 1930s and 1940s. Bowes was a well-known art collector and an important benefactor to New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, and is said to have funded the Cathedral's grand brass doors.