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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 225

    Attributed to Andrea Scacciati (Florence 1642-1710)

    A cornflower, a tulip, a carnation and other flowers in a glass vase on a stone ledge; and A tulip, roses, jasmine and other flowers in a glass vase on a stone ledge, with a dragonfly

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    Attributed to Andrea Scacciati (Florence 1642-1710)
    A cornflower, a tulip, a carnation and other flowers in a glass vase on a stone ledge; and A tulip, roses, jasmine and other flowers in a glass vase on a stone ledge, with a dragonfly
    oil on panel
    13 7/8 x 9½ in. (35.4 x 24.1 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    The cool red and green tonalities of this pair of still lifes, the metallic brilliance of the light and the delicate refinements are fully characteristic of Florentine painting, and it had previously been thought that they were early works by the Florentine artist, Carlo Dolci. Another Florentine, Andrea Scacciati, however, appears closer, painting with a palette of rich, oily pigments visible here. His biographer, Giovan Camillo Sagrestani, noted at the time that the secret of Scacciati's success was his initial training as a figure painter, learning first from Mario Balassi and then Lorenzo Lippi, 'who exhorted him to study from nature every type and quality of flower'. We are grateful to Dr. John Spike for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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    Exhibited

    Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Alte Pinakothek; Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen-Preussicher Kulturbesitz, Natura Morta Italiana, 27 November 1984-27 October 1985, no. 24, as unknown Caravaggesque painter.
    Saitama, The Museum of Modern Art; Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art; Darumaya, The Yomiuri Shimbun Museum of Art; and Shimoseki, City Art Museum, Italian Still life from three centuries, 8 August 1986-1 February 1987, no. 19.
    Jerusalem, The Israel Museum of Art, Italian Still life painting, from the Silvano Lodi collection, June 1994, as Carlo Dolci.
    Tokyo, Seiji Togo Memorial Museum of Art, and on tour in Japan, Italian still life painting, from the Silvano Lodi collection, 28 April-26 May 2001, nos. 23-4, as Carlo Dolci.
    Ravensburg, Schloss Achberg, Natura Morta Italiana: Italienische stilleben aus vier Jahrhunderten, sammlung Silvano Lodi, 11 April-12 October 2003, as Carlo Dolci.