• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 299

    Attributed to Guillermo Mesquida (Palma 1675-1747)

    The Finding of Moses

    Price Realised  


    Attributed to Guillermo Mesquida (Palma 1675-1747)
    The Finding of Moses
    oil on canvas
    15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm.)

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    The composition may have been influenced by Veronese's treatment of the subject now in the Prado, Madrid.

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    Please note that this picture has been identified as a work by Guillermo Mesquida (Palma 1675-1747) in full. We are grateful to Joan María Palou for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs, and for noting that the present lot is a bozzetto for a picture of the same subject, painted by Mesquida circa 1740-7, and paired with a depiction of Rebecca at the well (both 200 x 176 cm., Palma, private collection; exhibited Palma, Casal Solleric, February-March 1999, nos. 14-5). It is documented that Mesquida painted the pair for Don Jorge Descatlar, and it is not impossible that this patron would also have received the bozzetto.

    Please note that the provenance for this lot should read:

    (Possibly) Don Jorge Descatlar, Palma, circa 1740-7.
    Marqueses del Palmer, Spain.


    'Natura en Repos. La natura morta a Mallorca, Segles XVII-XVIII', Centre Cultural Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca, December 1994, p. 51, fig. 3