GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO | VENICE, A VIEW OF THE GRAND CANAL LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS THE RIALTO BRIDGE
GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO
Venice 1697 - 1768
VENICE, A VIEW OF THE GRAND CANAL LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS THE RIALTO BRIDGE
oil on canvas
21⅝ by 28½ in.; 55 by 72.3 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.
This work is lined with glue as an adhesive. The retouches in the sky have discolored slightly. They are clearly visible under ultraviolet light in the blue sky in the upper center, and on the right around the roofs of the buildings. Thinness has been retouched in the cloud in the lower sky, and there are similar retouches in the clouds on the far left. A group of small losses has been restored in the upper left. In the Rialto Bridge, there is only one small retouch on the right side of the roof. In the buildings on the left, there is one half inch square restoration to the left of the medallion in the wall. In the buildings on the right, slight thinness in the shadowed side of the building beyond the Rialto has been retouched. There are also a few small retouches above and below the balcony on the building on the far right. The gondolas do not show any retouching, and the canal is similarly unrestored. In the quay, there are a few retouches along the bottom edge in the lower right. The retouches in the sky could be adjusted, but the work can be hung in its 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.
Henry Labouchere, First Baron Taunton (1798 – 1869), Over Stowey, Somerset;
Sir John Beale;
D.O. Beale, 1968;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby’s, 12 July 1972, lot 15 (for £35,000 to Duits);
With Duits, Ltd., London;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York;
There acquired, 1980s.
A. Corboz, Canaletto: una Venezia immaginaria, Venice 1985, vol. 2, p. 627, no. P204, reproduced;
W.G. Constable and J.G. Links, Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697 – 1768, 2nd ed., vol. 2, Oxford 1989, p. 295, cat. no. 227d, reproduced vol. 1, plate 199.