9 December 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,750
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
GIUSEPPE ALESSANDRIA (ITALIAN, FL. C. 1821-1858)
A gentleman, in Prussian blue coat, corn yellow waistcoat, white knotted cravat, holding a red book in his right hand; architectural and foliate mountainous landscape background
signed and dated 'G.PE ALESSANDRIA. FECE SUL BENACO AN. 1830.' (lower left)
rectangular, 3 9/16 x 2 7/8 in. (90 x 73 mm.), gilt-metal mount
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Alessandria was born in Turin, exhibited in Milan in 1821 and worked in Lucerne from 1847. His works are extremely rare.
It has been suggested from the inscription that the miniature was executed in San Felice del Benaco, a small town on the coast of Lake Garda, or alternatively in Torri del Benaco in the Province of Verona.
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Sotheby's, Geneva, 17 November 1988, lot 314.