FELICE FORTUNATO BIGGI, CALLED 'FELICE DEI FIORI' | STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS AND BIRDS WITH THE FIGURE OF A PUTTO
Property from a Distinguished New York Private Collection Sold without Reserve
Property from a Distinguished New York Private Collection
Sold without Reserve
FELICE FORTUNATO BIGGI, CALLED 'FELICE DEI FIORI'
Active in Verona towards the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS AND BIRDS WITH THE FIGURE OF A PUTTO
oil on canvas
canvas: 48⅝ by 48⅛ in.; 123.5 by 122.2 cm.
framed: 76½ by 65½ in.; 194.3 by 166.4 cm.
The canvas is lined. Though the still life details read well, details in the background of this composition have sunken like the cupid. Lines that propel forward and run along the left, right, and bottom edges are visible and possibly caused from old framing. The left side in particular has some craquelure as a result, with a minor spot of loss at center left. Three additional diagonal lines run for about 4 in. near the top left corner. Inspection under UV reveals scattered spots of retouching and repair, especially along the aforementioned lines that run along the edges. Painting is offered in an ornate frame with a shaped top.
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Acquired 4 February 2004 by present owner.
We are grateful to Dr. Fred G. Meijer for proposing the attribution to Felice Fortunato Biggi on the basis of photographs.