24 April 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 12,500
Estimate GBP 12,000 - GBP 18,000
Sebastiano Conca (Gaeta 1680-1764 Naples)
The Madonna and Child releasing Souls from Purgatory: a bozzetto
inscribed and dated 'Questo [...] stato regalato al Sig.r D· Dom·co Guastaferro dal Sig. Cav:r Seb:no Conca ed è stato fatto dal medemo [...] Lug· 1748 Ed è il bozzetto fatto per il quadro della Cong·ne della Morte' (on the reverse of the unlined canvas)
oil on canvas, unlined
18½ x 12 in. (47 x 30.5 cm.)
with an unidentified armorial red-wax seal on the reverse of the unlined canvas
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This bozzetto relates to an altarpiece (180 x 112 cm., Gaeta, Museo Diocesano) for which Conca received payment on 3 January 1750 (see G. Sestieri in Sebastiano Conca (1680-1764), Gaeta, 1981, pp. 306-7, no. 111).
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Presented by the artist to Signor D. Domenico Guastaferro, July 1748 (according to the inscription on the reverse of the unlined canvas).
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