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Giorgio de Chirico

Cavallo con palafreniere orientale (Horse with Asian Groom)

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

Cavallo con palafreniere orientale (Horse with Asian Groom)

Cavallo con palafreniere orientale (Horse with Asian Groom)

Giorgio de Chirico

1888 - 1978

Cavallo con palafreniere orientale (Horse with Asian groom)


signed G. de Chirico (lower right); signed Giorgio de Chirico and inscribed Palafreniere orientale on the reverse

oil on canvas

50.3 by 60.1cm., 19⅞ by 23⅝in.

Framed: 62.8 by 72.9cm., 24¾ by 28¾in.

Painted in 1949.

The canvas is not lined. Inspection under UV light reveals a streaky varnish through which the UV light does not fully penetrate. The bridle and reins of the horse fluoresce suggesting possible historic strengthening, but most likely a result of the artist's experimental working process. There are two light scuff lines with some associated minor paint losses, one to the neck of the horse and another to the left of the figure. There is some light frame abrasion with a few associated paint losses in places. There are some tiny surface accretions and some faint lines of craquelure to the thicker areas of pigment only visible upon close inspection. This work is in overall very good condition.


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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

The Tondi Collection, Cagliari
La Gradiva Gallery, Rome
Ca' d'Oro Gallery, Rome
Private Collection, Rome (acquired from the above in 1990. Sold: Christie's, London, 8th February 2012, lot 542)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, Catalogo generale, Giorgio de Chirico, opere dal 1908 al 1930, Milan, 1976, vol. VI, no. 504, illustrated n.p. (with incorrect measurements)