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The Pseudo-Guardi

A pair of still lifes of roses, anemones, and other flowers in bronze urns, resting on stone ledges

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Property from a Private Collection, New York

The Pseudo-Guardi

The Pseudo-Guardi

A pair of still lifes of roses, anemones, and other flowers in bronze urns, resting on stone ledges

A pair of still lifes of roses, anemones, and other flowers in bronze urns, resting on stone ledges

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Property from a Private Collection, New York

The Pseudo-Guardi

Active in Venice at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries

A pair of still lifes of roses, anemones, and other flowers in bronze urns, resting on stone ledges


a pair, both oil on canvas, ovals

each canvas: 26 1/4 by 20 5/8 in.; 66.7 by 52.3 cm.  

each framed: 30 by 24 5/8 in.; 76 by 62.4 cm.

Both canvas are thinly lined and stable on their stretchers. Although the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish has dulled, the colors retain their vibrancy and the flowers retain much of their detail. Impasto is also still visible on many of the flowers. Some of the background details in the lower quadrants have lost some definition. Inspection under UV reveals some broader areas of retouching in these lower quadrants. Very small spots of retouching are visible here and there in the flowers, although slightly more appear in the still life with the thinner vase. In the still life with the thinner vase, there is also a thin line of retouching that runs around the upper portion of the vase, possibly to address an old repaired, and there are some possible areas of strengthening in the shadows of the vase and in the foliage around it, such as the branch in the lower left corner. Offered in decoratively carved wood frames.


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In their spontaneity and handling, the present pair come stylistically close to a group of floral still lifes attributed by Antonio Morassi, and later by Giuseppe Pilo, to Francesco Guardi.1 Although flowers feature prominently in a number of Guardi's figure paintings, concrete records of his still life production remain obscure. As such, the name Pseudo-Guardi, first used by Luigi Salerno, has therefore been more recently employed to designate the as yet unidentified author or authors of this group, working in the orbit and studio of Guardi.2



1. A. Morassi, Guardi, I dipinti, Venice 1973, vol. I, pp. 499–500, vol. II, figures 911–19, and G. Pilo, Francesco Guardi, I paliotti, Milan 1983.

2. L. Salerno, La natura morta in Italia, Rome 1984, pp. 314–15.