TADDEO DI BARTOLO | SAINTS CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, LAWRENCE, DOMINIC, AND JULIAN
Property of a Distinguished Collector
TADDEO DI BARTOLO
Siena 1362/3 (?) - after 1422
SAINTS CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, LAWRENCE, DOMINIC, AND JULIAN
inscribed across the reverse of the panels: Unico......ma Altare di S. Pa[olo?] d’Orto / Che rest a Pa... p Superior[e?] o vdi....spedit[o?] / Taddeo Bartoli / Vedi Vasari / Io Cavre Lasinio
a set of four, all tempera and gold ground on panel
each: 10⅝ by 5½ in.; 27 by 14 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
These four panels are well installed in a single frame. The panels show no reinforcements on the reverse, and old inscriptions are clearly visible on the reverse of three. The gilding in all four pictures is attractive and does not appear to be restored, except at the top of Saint Catherine on the far left and around the sides of Saint Julian on the far right.
The green tunic of Saint Dominic in the center right has weakened noticeably, which has attracted retouching. The same figure has some restoration in his temple and hair above. Saint Lawrence shows a few retouches to some cracks in his face. There is a vertical crack running through the left side of the face, chest and neck of Saint Catherine which has been restored.
Considering the period, the condition is very good overall. The retouches are well applied, and the works could certainly 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."
Chiesa di San Paolo all'Orto, Pisa;
Carlo Lasinio (1759-1838), Pisa ;
From whom acquired by Dawson Turner, Esq., F.R.S., Great Yarmouth, 18 November 1825;
His sale, London, Christie's, 14 May 1852, lots 1-2, 2 gns each, to Mr. Anthony;
H. Clark, London, by 1931;
Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, Florence;
From whom acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, New York, 1933;
Thence by bequest to the Denver Art Museum, 1953;
By whom sold ("Property from the Denver Art Museum, Sold to Benefit Acquisition Funds"), New York, Christie's, 29 January 1999, lot 61.
S. Symeonides, Taddeo di Bartolo, Siena 1965, pp. 204-205, reproduced plate 10b (as a good workshop assistant of Taddeo di Bartolo);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London 1968, vol. I, p. 420 (as possibly from the Grenoble polyptych of 1395);
J. Rowlands, "Review: Taddeo di Bartolo," in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 110, no. 786, September 1968, p. 529;
Denver Museum of Art, Guide to the Collections, p. 27, cat. no. E-24.
B. Frederickson and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North America Public Collections, Cambridge 1972, p. 194;
M. Chiarini, Tableaux italiens: catalogue raisonné de la collection de peinture italienne XIVe-XIXe siècle, Grenoble 1988, p. 104;
G.E. Solberg, Taddeo di Bartolo: His Life and Work, Ph.D. diss., New York 1991, pp. 98, 128, 375-377, 430, reproduced fig. 29;
D. Levi, "Carlo Lasinio, Curator, Collector, and Dealer," in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 135, no. 1079, February 1993, pp. 140-142, and under notes 4 and 7;
G. Amato, "Alcuni chiarimenti sull'attività giovanile di Taddeo di Bartolo e il caso del polittico Casassidi Pisa", in Prospettiva, no. 134-135, April-July 2009, pp. 110, 112, 118, under note 51, reproduced figs. 14-17, 25;
G. Solberg, Taddeo di Bartolo, exhibition catalogue, Milan 2020, p. 289, reproduced in fig. R3.