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GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI | FIGURES AMONG ROMAN RUINS; FIGURES IN A GARDEN WITH WATER SPRINGS: A PAIR

Estimate:

60,000 to - 80,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI | FIGURES AMONG ROMAN RUINS; FIGURES IN A GARDEN WITH WATER SPRINGS: A PAIR

GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI | FIGURES AMONG ROMAN RUINS; FIGURES IN A GARDEN WITH WATER SPRINGS: A PAIR

Estimate:

60,000 to - 80,000 USD

Lot sold:

94,500

USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI

Piacenza 1691 - 1765 Rome

FIGURES AMONG ROMAN RUINS; FIGURES IN A GARDEN WITH WATER SPRINGS:  A PAIR


a pair, both oil on canvas

each: 28¾ by 23¾ in.; 73 by 60.3 cm.

(2)

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.


Both of these works have old European glue linings that are stabilizing the paint layers. They are clean, retouched and varnished.

In the composition of Figures In A Garden With Water Springs, there are hardly any retouches in the architecture. Only the lighter colors of the landscape on the left side, the archway beyond the central statue, and the sky have received retouches of any note. Retouches are more numerous in the lower sky above the archway. There is a line of retouches running from the center of the top edge to the tree in the center, which seems to address a pentiment of a previous compositional element.


Figures Among Roman Ruins has restored losses in the tree trunk on the right, within the leaves of the tree and on the upper right edge. There are also some restored losses in the center and lower left edge, which do not interfere with the figures on the bridge. The details in the architecture are well preserved. In the sky, there is a restoration in the upper most horizontal cloud that may address a break in the canvas; this restoration is slightly heavy handed. There is a restored diagonal break in the canvas in the upper center of the blue sky. There are a few other isolated restorations here and in the upper left.

Both works look well and can be hung in their 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."

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 11 January 1996, lot 117;

From whom acquired by the present collector. 

When last sold at auction (see Provenance), Fernando Arisi endorsed the attribution of this pair to Panini. He dated them to before 1719, and further suggested that the turbaned figure in the latter work is a self-portrait of the artist. The "giochi d'acqua" or hidden water jets depicted here were common features in well appointed 18th century gardens. A small number of canvases depicting these modern water fountains were painted by Panini circa 1715 (see F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini, 1986, pp. 251-253, cat. now. 65-67, 70). A similar dating of the present pair would therefore seem plausible.