3/03/2022 News Stories & Press Release, Old Master & 19th Century Pictures
Roseberys are honoured to present the first Old Master & 19th Century Pictures auction of the year on Tuesday 22 March.
Head of Sale & Specialist, Lara L’vov-Basirov comments : ‘This Spring we are much looking forward to presenting our Old Master & 19th Century Pictures auction to the market. The sale includes 244 lots across a variety of media, ages and artistic movements. Leading the sale are works by Josef Rebell, Giuseppe Costa, Leopold Carl Müller, Louis Bosworth Hurt, and Jacopo Fabris.’
19th Century European paintings form the strongest grouping of the sale. Leading the group on offer is lot 102 by Josef Rebell, Austrian/German, 1787-1828- View of Sorrento at sunset; oil on canvas, which comes with an estimate of £10,000-£15,000. This work last went through auction at Sotheby’s, London in 2001. Rebell was particularly revered in his time and since, for his romantic Italian landscapes and seascapes, especially along the coastline south-east of Naples. In the present work, he has chosen to capture the dramatic cliff faces of the Sorrento coastline from the vantage point of the sea, at sunset. His unique contribution to landscape painting is undoubtedly his masterly use of light, and his works are generally illuminated by the warm, soft, and natural light of the southern sun. In summer 2022, the Belvedere Gallery will be hosting the first-ever dedicated solo exhibition of Rebell’s paintings, with works from private and public collections to be presented together for the very first time.
Coming with an estimate of £4,000-£6,000 is lot 134 by Heinrich August Georg Schiøtt, Danish 1823-1895- Portrait of a lady; oil on canvas. This work has not been seen at auction since it sold at Christie’s, London, 1989. Schiøtt’s first portrait was conceived in 1844, two years before graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Thenceforth, he was to paint six to eight portraits a year. Overall, he exhibited over 150 portraits at the 'Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition', Copenhagen's annual exhibition, including several of the Danish Royal Family.
An important rediscovery, lot 179, by Leopold Carl Müller, Austrian 1834-1892- A man and woman by a doorway; oil on canvas, comes with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 and has not been seen at auction before. The work offered comes from the collection of Jan and Nelly Szibner. Müller began his artistic training as a pupil of Karl von Blaas (1815-1894) and Christian Ruben (1805-1875) at the Academy in Vienna. In 1867 he travelled to Paris to see the Exposition Universelle and was there inspired by the work of Eugene Fromentin (1820-1876), one of the first European artists to record and paint the landscape and culture of Algeria. This proved to be a turning point in Müller's artistic career as his focus then transitioned to the Orientalist genre. The present work depicts a man leaning over a seated woman with his arm outstretched, against the backdrop of the ruins of a presumably North African building.
Lot 182, Giuseppe Costa, Italian 1852-1912- The new arrival; oil on canvas. This superbly executed ambitious composition by the artist is on a grand scale, measuring 73 x 106.5 cm, and is a rare gem in the artist’s oeuvre. With a provenance with Frost and Reed, London, this work has been given a pre-sale guided price of £8,000-£12,000.
(Lot 126) Louis Bosworth Hurt, British 1856-1929- A Passing Shower, Glencoe; oil on canvas with provenance with Williams & Son, London, comes with an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Derbyshire-based Hurt was renowned for his depictions of Highland cattle and mountainous landscapes. A pupil of George Turner(1841-1910), their compositions and styles were closely aligned. In fact, Hurt kept a small herd of Highland cattle near his home, where he was able to execute countless studies of them for his larger, finished compositions. He would often make trips to Scotland and Wales where the majority of his landscapes are set. Indeed, the present work depicts a highland vista around Glencoe on the West coast of Scotland, an area where Hurt produced a number of works throughout the 1880s, 1890s and 1900s.
(Lot 80) Entered onto the market at £5,000-£8,000 is a work by Jacopo Fabris, Italian 1689-1761- Veduta of the Canal Grande with the Fondaco dei Turchi; oil on canvas. This important rediscovery is being sold by a UK-based Private Collection. Based on an engraving entitled ‘Il Fondaco dei Turchi’ (plate 15) from the series ‘Il gran Teatro di Venezia’, published by Domenico Lovisa (1690-1750) in 1720, it was reprinted several times over the course of the 18th Century. Roseberys are grateful to Dario Succi for confirming the attribution of the present lot. According to Succi, the attribution of this work is confirmed by the distinctive stylistic and technical characteristics of the Venetian artist. This is particularly apparent in the buildings, elegantly compressed to give them a delicate, vertical appearance; in the treatment of the grey-pink clouds; and in the artist’s application of the white flecks of paint in the areas of disturbed water.
Studio of Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto, Spanish, 1591-1652- Saint Philip has an estimate of £5,000-£8,000. This painting is a studio copy after the similarly sized prime version by Ribera, conceived in 1630-1635 and owned by the Prado Museum in Madrid, though currently displayed in the Museu Víctor Balaguer, Barcelona. Painted series of the Apostles became very popular during the Counter Reformation and were often conceived, as in the present work, as half-length figures set against a neutral background, holding their iconographical attributes.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, ARA, RWS, British 1833-1898- Recto: A Study of Andromeda for ‘The Rock of Doom’, Perseus Series; Verso: A Study of an Italian bronze group; black chalk heightened with white chalk on buff paper
The sale has a particularly strong Victorian work on paper section led by lot 155, a double-sided drawing by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, ARA, RWS, British 1833-1898. Recto is a sketch for a ‘Study of Andromeda’ for ‘The Rock of Doom’ from the ‘Perseus Series’, and verso is a study of an Italian bronze group; black chalk heightened with white chalk on buff paper. 'The Rock of Doom' is the third of five oil paintings in Burne-Jones' unfinished 'The Perseus Series', which illustrates the classical story of Perseus and the slaying of Medusa. In 1875, the politician Arthur Balfour commissioned the series with the hope of having ten oil paintings for the music room of his London home. Burne-Jones worked on the project for ten years but it was never completed. He worked through several studies of the nude Andromeda for his ‘The Rock of Doom’, depicting her in various positions which are not used in the final composition. This work comes with an estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
The sale contains several splendid examples of late 17th and 18th Century British portraiture, a particular robust area of the Old Master market. Lot 68, Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA, British 1734-1797- Portrait of a lady, is a particularly well executed charming portrait. With an estimate of £3,000-£4,000, portrayed in a feigned oval, the elegant portrait of the anonymous sitter here reflects the influence of Wright of Derby who worked in the studio of London painter Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) from 1751-1753. Lit from the left, the artist’s confident treatment of light and shade sensitively models the young lady’s features and is reminiscent of the early handling of Wright’s portraits.
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