VENETIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY | AN ALLEGORY OF WINTER
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C
VENETIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY
AN ALLEGORY OF WINTER
oil on canvas
28 by 23 in.; 71.1 by 58.4 cm.
The canvas appears to have an old, thin relining, and it is stable on its stretcher. The painting reads well beneath an old and slightly dulled varnish. There is one small loss in the upper fingers of the figure's right hand, and there are some scattered small losses at the extreme edges. Inspection under UV reveals a thick varnish that impedes some inspection and fluoresces unevenly in some spots, particularly in the darker areas. Some more recent spots of retouching are visible at the edges and corners, for example at the center of the right and upper edges, as well as some small spots scattered in the background. Some old thin, faint lines of retouching visible in the shadows of the sleeve at lower left. The painting can hang in its present condition. Offered in a modern gilt frame with a few small nicks.
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, London, Sotheby's, 19 December 1985, lot 4 (as Giambattista Crosato);
With P. Corsini, New York;
From whom acquired.
D. Ton, Giambattista Crosato: Pittore del Rococo Europea, Venice 2012, p. 397, cat. no. R21 (with a rejected attribution to Crosato and a suggestion of someone closer to Giuseppe Antonio Petrini).