BERNARDO BELLOTTO | DRESDEN, A VIEW OF THE MOAT OF THE ZWINGER
3,000,000 - 4,000,000 GBP
Property from the Collection formed by Max Emden (1874–1940)
Venice 1722 - 1780 Warsaw
DRESDEN, A VIEW OF THE MOAT OF THE ZWINGER
oil on canvas
48.3 by 80.4 cm.; 19 by 31⅝ in.
The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
View of Zwinger Canal, Dresden
oil on canvas
The canvas has been lined and has successfully secured the overall pattern of fine lines of drying craquelure. The structural condition would appear to be sound and secure. There is an upper horizontal stretcher-bar line which is entirely stable.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a few, small scattered retouchings including some on the lower left vertical framing edge and around the other framing edges, an area in the water in the lower left of the composition which measures approximately 1 x 0.5 cm and other minimal spots and lines of inpainting. There may be further retouchings that I could not identify under ultraviolet light. It is very encouraging to note that the fine detail of the composition appears to be very well preserved.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition and no further work is required
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Private collection of the Duke of Saxe-Anhalt until 1925
With Galerie Bachstitz, Berlin, 1928
With Arthur Tooth, London
Max Emden, Hamburg, Germany
With Karl Haberstock, Berlin, acquired 30 June 1938 (inventory no. 1938/125)
Reichskanzlei, Berlin, acquired June 1938 (Führer inventory 115)
In store, Alt Ausee, Austria (number 1447)
Munich Central Collecting Point (number 1648), 15 January 1946
Treuhandverwaltung für Kulturgut, Munich
Office of the Federal President, Bonn, on loan since 1961
Restituted to the heirs of Max Emden, 2019
Der Cicerone, XX, 12, June 1928, p. 417, reproduced p. 415
H. Voss, ‘Painter of Dresden’, International Studio, XCI, 379, December 1928, p. 38, reproduced (incorrectly captioned as in the Dresden Gallery)
H.A. Fritzsche, Bernardo Bellotto genannt Canaletto, Burg b. Magdeburg 1936, no. VG 58, pp. 53 and 110, reproduced fig. 61
K. Haberstock, Hundert Bilder aus der Galerie Haberstock Berlin, Munich 1967, no. 65, reproduced
S. Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto, Greenwich 1972, vol. II, p. 128, no. 159, reproduced p. 126
Kunst in Venedig 16.– 18. Jahrhundert: Gemälde und Zeichnungen, F. Lachenal (ed.), exh. cat., Museum Altes Rathaus, Ingelheim am Rhein, 1987, no. 110
A. Rizzi, Bernardo Bellotto: Dresda, Vienna, Monaco, Venice 1996, p. 42, no. 17
E. Camesasca, L’opera completa del Bellotto, Milan 1974, p. 100, no. 106 and under no. 104, reproduced p. 99
G. Marini in The Glory of Venice, Art in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, New Haven and London 1994, p. 429, under no. 255
Bernardo Bellotto, View of the Zwinger Canal, 1758; from a series of etched views of Dresden, Plate 53.1 x 83.8 cm. First state, caption in the lower margin: Vüe laterale des Galleries du Zwinger, – avec le Pont, qui degage vers l’Allée – /d’Ostra et vers la Porte de Wilsdruff, – prise d’une des Serres de l’Orangerie Roïale. /Peint et gravé par Berd: Bellotto dit Canaletto Peiñ. R. – 1758
Dresden, Albertinum, Bernardo Bellotto genannt Canaletto in Dresden und Warschau, 6 December 1963 – 31 August 1964, under no. 9, 5d
Warsaw, Muzeum narodowe w Warszawie, Drezno i Warszawa w twórczości Bernarda Bellotta Canaletta, September–October 1964, no. 9d
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Bernardo Bellotto, genannt Canaletto, 29 April – 25 July 1965, under no. 14, 12d
Ingelheim am Rhein, Museum Altes Rathaus, Kunst in Venedig 16.– 18. Jahrhundert: Gemälde und Zeichnungen, 26 April – 8 June 1987, no. 110
Dresden, Militär Historisches Museum, on long term loan until 2019