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BERNARDO BELLOTTO | ARCHITECTURAL CAPRICCIO WITH A PALACE BESIDE A MOAT AND FIGURES IN THE FOREGROUND

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Property Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the San Diego Museum of Art

BERNARDO BELLOTTO | ARCHITECTURAL CAPRICCIO WITH A PALACE BESIDE A MOAT AND FIGURES IN THE FOREGROUND

BERNARDO BELLOTTO | ARCHITECTURAL CAPRICCIO WITH A PALACE BESIDE A MOAT AND FIGURES IN THE FOREGROUND

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Property Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the San Diego Museum of Art

BERNARDO BELLOTTO

Venice 1722 - 1780 Warsaw

ARCHITECTURAL CAPRICCIO WITH A PALACE BESIDE A MOAT AND FIGURES IN THE FOREGROUND


oil on canvas

19⅛ by 31½ in.; 48.6 by 80 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work is in very good condition. The canvas has a wax lining and is on a mechanical stretcher. The texture of the paint layer remains very lively. Each of the four corners has a triangular addition, suggesting that the work was originally framed with scalloped corners. The restoration in these corners is slightly discolored now. There are no retouches of any note in the architecture, foreground or tree on the left. There are a few isolated spots in the sky, with only a concentration in the upper right corner to some cracking and weakness. The work would benefit if the retouching in the corners were re-examined, but it can be hung in its current state.


"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."

Frits Lugt, Amsterdam;

With van Dieman & Co., Inc., Berlin, 1927;

Private collection, Germany, 1927;

With Vitale Bloch, Berlin, 1930;

Fritz Haussmann, Berlin and New York, by 1935;

With Jacob M. Heimann, New York;

From whom acquired by Misses Anne R. and Amy Putnam (probably after 1943);

By whom gifted to the Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1949 (inv. no. 1949.68).

(Selected Literature)

C.F. Weise, ed., Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften und freien Künste, Leipzig 1766, p. 158;

H. Posse, "Eine Architekturphantasie Bernardo Bellottos über den Dresdener Zwinger," in Pantheon, vol. V, 1930, pp. 166-167, reproduced;

G. Delogu, "Berlino: Pittura italiana del '700 nella collezione Haussmann," in Emporium, LXXXII, 1935, pp. 327-333, reproduced;

H.A. Fritzsche, Bernardo Bellotto genannt Canaletto, Burg bei Magdeburg 1936, pp. 99-100, 123-124, no. VG 179, reproduced fig. 72;

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue, San Diego 1960, p. 78;

S. Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto, London 1972, vol. I, p. 138, vol. II, pp. 284, 287, cat. no. 359, reproduced p. 285;

B. Frederickson and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings, Cambridge, MA, 1972, p. 24;

E. Camesasca L'Opera completa del Bellotto, Milan 1974, p. 110-111, cat. no. 202, reproduced;

W.L. Barcham, The Imaginary View Scenes of Antonio Canaletto, London 1977, pp. 199-200, 327, reproduced fig. 201;

A. Rizzi, Bernardo Bellotto. Dresda, Vienna, Monaco (1747-1766), Venice 1996, p. 162, cat. no. 143, reproduced;

E.P. Bowron, Bernardo Bellotto and the Capitals of Europe, exhibition catalogue, New Haven 2001, pp. 240-241, cat. no. 82, reproduced;

J. Marciari, Italian, Spanish, and French Paintings before 1850 in the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego 2015, pp. 292-295, cat. no. 65, reproduced.

Dresden, Dresden Academy, 1766;

Venice, Museo Correr, From Palladio to Le Corbusier, May - July 1985;

Venice, Museo Correr; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Bernardo Bellotto and the Capitals of Europe, 10 February - 21 October 2001, no. 82;

San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Genre and Myth, 2016.