Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
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Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD

Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD
Lot sold:10,625USD
(41 bids, reserve met)

Description

STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI

Bologna 1575 - 1642

SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND


oil on original canvas, unframed

canvas: 44¼ by 36⅝ in.; 112.4 by 93.1 cm.

Condition Report

Wax lined. This painting is in generally healthy condition with minimal damage and nice retention of original paint. Due to the lining or an earlier cleaning, the red ground is faintly visible in isolated areas, for example in the blues of her clothing and in the blue drapery at upper left. UV light reveals minimal scattered retouches in face, chin, hands, and in upper left and center backgrounds. Unframed.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

Provenance

Possibly Roman private collection, early 18th century (according to M. Oretti, see Literature);

Windham Carmichael Anstruther (1793-1869), 7th bt of Nova Scotia, and 4th bt of Great Britain, Elie House, co. Fife, Scotland;

Alexander Dennistoun (1790-1874), Golfhill, Glasgow, Scotland;

His sale, London, Christie's, 9 June 1894, lot 71 (as Guido Reni);

There acquired by Thomas James Gribble (1851-1905);

Private collection, United Kingdom;

Thence by descent, until acquired by the present owner.

Literature

Possibly M. Oretti, Notizie de Professori del Disegno, cioè Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti bolognesi e de forestieri di sue Scuole raccolte da Marcello Oretti, M.S. 126, Comune di Bologna, vol. IV, p. 256.


Catalogue Note

This composition matches Marcello Oretti's description of a Saint Cecilia in a private collection in Rome in the 18th century: “Sta. Cecilia che mira in alto e l'organetto, in un altro luogo,” [Saint Cecilia looking upward and an organ, in another place; see Literature]. 


Another version of this design, attributed to Giovanni Andrea Sirani and oval in format, can be found in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. RF 3828); and an octagonal copy, given to an anonymous follower of Guido Reni was offered at Sotheby's London in 2000.1

An attribution to Giovan Giacomo Sementi, a pupil of Guido Reni, has been proposed.


1. Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 November 2000, lot 359.

Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
Lot Closed