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    Sale 7714

    Old Master & British Pictures

    24 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 77

    Pedro Núñez de Villavicencio (Seville 1640-c. 1695-8)

    Boys playing dice - a modello

    Price Realised  

    Pedro Núñez de Villavicencio (Seville 1640-c. 1695-8)
    Boys playing dice - a modello
    oil on canvas
    18 x 23¾ in. (45.7 x 60.4 cm.)


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    This canvas is a recently rediscovered presentation modello of the large masterpiece Boys playing dice, that was painted and given by Villavicencio circa 1692-94, to King Carlos II of Spain, and that is now in the Prado, Madrid. The Prado picture is of vertical format, having had an addition made to the upper part by Luca Giordano (see fig. 1). We are grateful to Professor Enrique Valdivieso for drawing our attention to the Prado picture and for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs.

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    Provenance

    Painted as a boceto or presentation modello for King Carlos II of Spain, circa 1692-1694.
    Gerald S. Davies, Master of Charterhouse; (+) Christie's, London, 25 April 1927, lot 17, as 'Vincencio' (unsold).