GENOESE SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY | ALLEGORY OF PAINTING
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
GENOESE SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
ALLEGORY OF PAINTING
oil on canvas, in a painted oval
24 by 33½ in.; 61 by 85.1 cm.
The canvas is lined and is stable on its stretcher. The image with its pronounced chiaroscuro reads well through the thick varnish. No repairs or retouching are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky and may obscure older campaigns of retouching. Currently visible under UV are very few spots of retouching: one about 2 inches in diameter at the putto's stomach, a few tiny dots on his leg, and possibly some older strokes of retouching in the shadow of his face and above his head. Painting can hang in its present state. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame with an oval insert.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 4 November 1986, lot 95 (as School of Sebastiano Conca);
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 15 October 1987, lot 57 (as Circle of Michele Rocca);