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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 172

    Vittore Ghislandi, called Fra Galgario (Bergamo 1655-1743)

    Portrait of a cleric, bust-length

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Vittore Ghislandi, called Fra Galgario (Bergamo 1655-1743)
    Portrait of a cleric, bust-length
    with inventory number '332' (lower left); inscribed 'P. Paolotto px.' on the reverse
    oil on canvas, unlined
    25¾ x 20¼ in. (65.5 x 51.5 cm.)


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    'Fra' or 'Padre Paolotto' were among the aliases given to Ghislandi, and it is under these names that he appears in the Schulenburg inventories. Schulenburg made regular purchases of head studies and half-lengths by Ghislandi between 13 February and 15 December 1737 (see Binion, op. cit., pp. 153-157).

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    Provenance

    Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747), probably among the works by Fra Galgario purchased in 1737, by whom bequeathed to his nephew,sa, Hanover, Niedersdchsisches Staatsarchiv, Christian Günther von der Schulenburg, Berlin, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (Lots 172-177)

    Johann Matthias, Count von der Schulenberg (1661-1747) was appointed Field Marshal of the Venetian armies in 1715 and remained in the service of the Republic until his death, by which date he owned some 957 items, including paintings, drawings and sculpture. He was the greatest single patron of contemporary Venetian painters, owning notable groups of works by Piazzetta, the Ricci and Pittoni and of views by Canaletto, Marieschi and Bellotto.

    The collection was kept in Schulenburg's Venetian residence, the Palazzo Loredan a San Trevaso, with selected items sent to Germany in the years 1736-1740. The Schulenburg collection is well-documented by a number of inventories, which often record valuations made by the Professori of Venice, a group of art experts that included Giovanni Battista Pittoni (1687-1767) and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754).


    Literature

    Inventario Generale della Galleria di S: Eccelza Felt Marescial Conte di Shulembourgh...La qual Galleria pincipio a formarsi dal 1724, e Fino al presente 1738 30 Maggio, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37 (Binion, op. cit., p. 208), as one of three pictures purchased for 54 ducats and subsequently valued at 90.
    1741, 30 Giugno Venezia, Inventario Generale della Galleria di S.E. Maresciallo Co: di Schulemberg...La qual Galleria pricipio 'formarsi l'anno 1724 ripartita coll'ordine che segue, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37 (Binion, op. cit., p. 235), as one of three pictures valued at 100 ducats.
    Inventaire de la Gallerie de Feu S. e. Mgr. Le Feldmarechal Comte de Schulenburg, annotated copy, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 95 (Binion, op. cit., p. 283), No. 332, one of three 'Petits tableaux, représ. demies figures d'hommes'.
    Alice Binion, La Galleria scomparsa del maresciallo von der Schulenburg, Milan, 1990, (loc. cit).