Property of a Philadelphia Art Collector
1790 - 1844 Battersea, London
The Bay of Naples
signed and dated lower right: S. Pether 1823.
oil on canvas
canvas: 13 by 16 in.; 33 by 40.6 cm.
framed: 20 3/4 by 23 1/2 in.; 52 by 59.8 cm.
The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. There is a small patch on the reverse to address an old small repair near the lower edge. The painting presents a strong image overall, with the crisp detail and rich color well-preserved. There is a faint pattern of craquelure across surface, although this is not too distracting. Inspection under UV reveals a milky varnish. Some thin strokes of strengthening are visible in the boat at left, the boat near the distant center, and the one docked at right, as well as a few scattered strokes in the pier at right and here and there in the sky. A spot of retouching to address the aforementioned small repair is visible in the lower left, below the flat. More concentrated areas of retouching are visible in the background around the lighthouse near the right edge and in the sky near the upper edge at right. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color 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. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Nobleman"), London, Christie's, 15 May 1908, lot 141;
Anonymous sale, Nottingham, Mellors & Kirk, 2 July 2010, lot 926;
Acquired by the present owner, circa 2014-2015.