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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 96

    Circle of Giovanni Antonio Guardi (Vienna 1698-1760 Venice)

    A seated Oriental

    Price Realised  


    Circle of Giovanni Antonio Guardi (Vienna 1698-1760 Venice)
    A seated Oriental
    oil on canvas, unlined
    14½ x 12¼ in. (36.7 x 31.1 cm.)

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    Like many of his European contemporaries, Schulenburg was fascinated with the exotic costume, manners and customs of the Ottoman Empire. To this fashionable fascination Schulenburg may have added a genuine interest in the people from whom he was paid to defend the territories of Venice. The Schulenburg inventories bear numerous references to pictures of Turkish subjects, many described generically as 'quadri turchi'. In the years 1742 and 1743 Guardi delivered no less than 43 such 'quadri turchi' developed from engravings after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour (for which see the catalogue of the exhibition, Guardi: Quadri Turcheschi, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 28 August to 21 November 1993, nos. 1-3 and 5-38). The pose and costume of the seated figure in the present picture seems to be related to that of the Sultan in The Sultan's Supper from that series (private collection, no. 15 in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini exhibition).

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    Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747), by whom bequeathed to his nephew,
    Christian Günther von der Schulenburg, Berlin, and by descent to the present owner.

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