• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5491

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 150

    Elisabetta Marchioni (active in Rovigo, 2nd half of the 17th century)

    Roses, parrot tulips, carnations and other blooms in an urn on a stone ledge

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    Elisabetta Marchioni (active in Rovigo, 2nd half of the 17th century)
    Roses, parrot tulips, carnations and other blooms in an urn on a stone ledge
    oil on canvas, oval
    26½ x 21 in. (67.4 x 53.4 cm.)


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    The present lot compares closely with a pair of paintings by Elisabetta Marchioni in the Seminario Vescovale di Rovigo and with two sets of four pictures in private collections (see G. and U. Bocchi, Naturalier. Nouvi contributi alla natura morta in Italia settentrionale e Toscana tra XVII e XVIII secolo, Casalmaggiore, 1998, pp. 419-20 and 422-3, figg. 528-33 and 537-40). All pictures share a similar composition, in which delicate flowers, primarily roses, tulips and carnations overflow from a sculpted urn placed on a ledge emerging from a dark background. Marchioni's compositions are endowed with a strong sense of monumentality, accentuated by the juxtaposition of vibrant reds and the darkness of the background.

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