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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 222

    Jacopo Vignali (Pratovecchio 1592-1664 Florence).

    The Judgement of Solomon

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    Jacopo Vignali (Pratovecchio 1592-1664 Florence).
    The Judgement of Solomon
    signed and dated 'JAC. VIGNALI.F.1632.' (lower right, on the step)
    oil on canvas
    81 x 93¾ in. (205.8 x 238.3 cm.)

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    We are grateful to Dr. Francesca Baldassari for confirming the attribution, on inspection of the original, and for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    A preparatory drawing for this composition is now in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi, Florence (published in Ewald, op. cit., p. 10). In this sketch, the foreground figures are highly finished while those in the background are only suggested in outline. The composition as a whole is quite developed, bearing close resemblance to the finished painting. The lady in the central foreground and the man wearing a turban beyond may be portraits of the donors, a practice that was popular among Florentine patrons of the period.

    The painting is most probably the one described by Vignali's biographer Sebastiano Benedetto Bartolozzi as executed in 1632 for the celebrated collector Giovanni Gualberto Guicciardini (S.B. Bartolozzi, op. cit.).

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    Private collection, Stuttgart.
    Anonymous sale; van Marle & Bignell, The Hague, 19 June 1956.


    S.B. Bartolozzi, Vita di Jacopo Vignali, pittor fiorentino, Florence, 1753, p. XIX.
    G. Ewald, 'Opere sconosciute di Vignali', Antichità Viva, 1964, pp. 10 and 19, nos. 7-8, fig. 15.