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Rare works by Old Masters and XIX century artists at the Karl & Faber Summer 2021 sale


On June 16th, 2021, Karl & Faber is holding Old Masters and XIX century art auction, where will offer around 400 exceptional paintings and drawings. Among the top lots are genre scenes by Giovanni Piancastelli (1845-1926) showing Roman relocatees, splendid flower composition by a celebrated still-life Dutch master Nicolaes van Veerendael (1640-1691), impressive canvas “Andromeda” by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1929-1908) from Pre-Raphaelites, genre scene by Russian battle painter Pavel Kovalevsky (1843-1903). The auction part with drawings includes works by renaissance artists and Old Masters with a large collection by Albrecht Duerer (1471-1528) and Rembrandt (1606-1669).

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Giovanni Piancastelli (Castel Bolognese, 1845 – Bologna, 1926).
Giovanni Piancastelli (Castel Bolognese, 1845 – Bologna, 1926).
Giovanni Piancastelli (Castel Bolognese, 1845 – Bologna, 1926).
Pendants: Emigrazione dell’ Agro Romano – Partendo and Tornando.
Oil on panel. (2nd half 19th C.) 59,7 x 99,8 cm and 59,5 x 99,6 cm.
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Pendants by the landscape and genre pinting master Giovanni Piancastelli “Emigrazione dell’ Agro Romano – Partendo and Tornando” (estimated at € 60'000-80'000) showcase a problem of irrigation in the Roman Campagna, which traces back yet to the Middle Ages as a result of deforestation, as well as threat of outbreak of malaria. These factors forced local communities near Rome to leave their home villages. The figures of people are painted in particular detail with thick layers of pigment to enhance dynamics of the scene. Dominating warm palette in the pictures perfectly reflects the atmosphere of the Roman region. In 1889 the Academy of fine arts of Bologna nominated Piancastelli an honourable academician.

Note:

  • Both signed lower left. With two old exhibition labels on the reverse. Both framed.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Basel;
  • Auktion Koller, Zurich, Auction 144, 18. March 2008, Los 3231;
  • European private collection.

Exhibition:

  • Esposizione di belle Arti, Room IX, Rome 1883, Nr. 20 und 21 (as Emigrazione et immigrazione dell’agro romano);
  • Internationale Kunstausstellung, The Glaspalast, Munich, September 1883, Nr. 1341 (Partendo) and Nr. 1342 (Tornando).
Nicolaes van Veerendael (Antwerpen, 1640 – Antwerpen, 1691).
Nicolaes van Veerendael (Antwerpen, 1640 – Antwerpen, 1691).
Bouquet of roses and tulips in a stone niche.
Oil on canvas. (Mid-1670s). 61*51 cm. Framed.
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“Bouquet of roses and tulips in a stone niche”, 1670-s (estimated at € 40'000-50'000) by a celebrated Flemish still life and flowers painter Nicolaes van Veerendael depicts a floral composition made of simple wild and valuable cultivated flowers such as roses, tulips, field bindweed, irises, anemones and jasmine. The centre of composition is built on three roses, a white and red tulip, as well as a blue iris – their heads are directed strictly upwards. Jasmine flowers resemble stars and balance the picture, while anemones create a strong colour accent. Paintings by Nicolaes van Veerendael were highly valued by contemporaries, and he executed a lot of commissioned worked requested by affluent merchants. Currently one of his paintings is being displayed at the permanent exhibition in the State Hermitage.

Literature:

  • Exhibition catalogue: Blumen und Gärten in Gemälden aus drei Jahrhunderten, Folkwang-Museum, Essen, 1938;
  • Exhibition catalogue: Gemälde des 16. bis 19. Jahrhunderts, Handzeichnungen, Plastik, Galerie Hans Bamman, Düsseldorf, Herbst 1938.

Provenance:

  • Arcade Galleries, Manchester, verso auf dem Keilrahmen mit dem Galerie-Aufkleber;
  • G. Farrow, Carlton House, Regent St, London;
  • Christie’s, London, 22.6.1936, Los 93 (als Ruysch), verso on the stretchers No 805 GG for G. Farrow;
  • Acquired at Christie’s–Auktion by Collings;
  • Kunsthandlung Hans Bamman, Düsseldorf (1938);
  • Acquired by the father of the current owner;
  • Private collection, Rheinland.
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (Yorkshire, 1829 – Florence, 1908).
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (Yorkshire, 1829 – Florence, 1908).
Andromeda.
Oil on canvas. Circa 1870. 128,4*53,4. Framed.
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The top lot is “Andromeda” (estimated at € 80’000 – 120’000) by a pre-Raphaelite John Roddam Spencer Stanhope. A scene with naked, defenceless and chained to rocks Andromeda is painted after “The Metamorphoses” by the Roman poet Ovid. It is remarkable that in the Victorian era it was difficult find a way to paint a naked body, so the artists sought this opportunity in depicting mythical scenes. Stanhope was closely related to Italy and apparently painted his Andromeda under a great impression from Venus by Botticelli, which can be assumed from the position of the left hand and flying hair.

Pavel Kovalevsky (Kazan, 1843 – Russland, 1903).
Pavel Kovalevsky (Kazan, 1843 – Russland, 1903).
Pferdegespann am Wegesrand (“Team of horses on the sideline).
Oil/canvas, relined. 1870. 45,1*54 cm.
Signed „P. Kovalevsky“ and dated bottom right. Framed.
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“Team of horses on the sideline” by Pavel Kovalevsky (estimated at € 5'000 – 7'000) depicts a carriage with three horses by a bridge. Kovalevsky was a professor and an active member of the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was known for his artwork in the genre of battle scenes, and also often showed horses in his pictures. Works by Kovalevsky are currently kept in the collections of the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery.

Provenance:

  • Neumeister, Munich, Auction 340, 2.7.2008, Los 723;
  • European private collection.
Albrecht Dürer.
Albrecht Duerer (Nuremberg,1471 – Nuremberg, 1528).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Woodcut on laid paper with watermark “Crowned Tower” (Meder wm. 259).
(c. 1497/98). 39,9*29 cm (sheet).
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The auction will feature an extensive collection of important graphic works by Albrecht Duerer and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. “The Apocalyptic Riders” woodcut on paper by Duerer (estimated at € 50’000 – 60’000) is the third etching from Duerer’s series “Apocalypse”. The artwork features an early print of the Latin text before 1511. This picture is considered to be the most dramatic among other works from this series: four apocalypse riders shown triumphantly rushing ahead and destroying earthly life.

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