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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 249

    Pier Francesco Cittadini (Milan 1613/6-1681 Bologna)

    Roses and forget-me-nots in a glass vase with butterflies and a beetle on a wooden ledge

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    Pier Francesco Cittadini (Milan 1613/6-1681 Bologna)
    Roses and forget-me-nots in a glass vase with butterflies and a beetle on a wooden ledge
    oil on canvas
    21½ x 13½ in. (54.6 x 34.3 cm.)


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    This painting was first assigned to Cittadini by Professor Luigi Salerno, who compared it to the artist's well-known pair of Flowers in Vases in the church of Santa Maria di Galliera in Bologna. Cittadini was close friends for many years with Bartolomeo Guerra, a priest at that Oratorian church, in whose sacristy as many as twelve of his original canvases were on public display. Due to a lack of dated works, the chronology of Cittadini's still lifes and landscapes has not yet been reconstructed despite excellent recent studies by Nicoletta Roio (in E. Negro and M. Pirondini, eds., La Scuola di Guido Reni, Modena, 1992, pp. 165-202) and Daniele Benati (in La natura morta in Emilia e in Romagna, Milan, 2000, pp. 84-97). An early date is perhaps suggested for the present Roses in a Glass Vase, which exhibits a technical refinement that Cittadini could have observed in Rome in the flower pieces of Daniel Seghers, a Fleming who collaborated with both Domenichino and Poussin. The simplicity of the composition, considered in conjunction with the close attention to the exquisite details of the rose petals and butterfly wings are other qualities that might indicate a date before the middle of the century.

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    Literature

    L. Salerno, in the exhibition catalogue, Natura morta italiana: Italian still life painting from three centuries, The Silvano Lodi collection, Florence, 1984, pp. 125-7, no. 57.
    Italian still life painting, The Silvano Lodi collection, exhibition catalogue, Jerusalem, 1994.
    Italian still life painting, from the Silvano Lodi collection, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, 2001, p. 58, no. 20.
    S. Dathe, in the exhibition catalogue, Natura morta Italiana: Italienische stilleben aus vier Jahrhunderten, Sammlung Silvano Lodi, Ravensburg, 2003, pp. 23 and 42.


    Exhibited

    Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek; and Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen-Preussicher Kulturbesitz, Italian still life painting from three centuries, The Silvano Lodi collection, 27 November 1984-27 October 1985, no. 57.
    Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Italian still life painting, The Silvano Lodi collection, June 1994.
    Tokyo, Seiji Togo Memorial Yasuda Kasai Museum of Art, and on tour in Japan, Italian still life painting, from The Silvano Lodi collection, 28 April-26 May 2001, no. 20.
    Ravensburg, Schloss Achberg, Natura morta italiana: Italienische stilleben aus vier Jahrhunderten, Sammlung Silvano Lodi, 11 April-12 October 2003.